Edward Corey

TEAM: Chicago White Sox
Born: July 13, 1894 - Sept. 1970

Born Abraham Simon Cohen, he changed his name to avoid ethnic slurs hurled by “unintelligent” fans. He was a promising “spitballer” (it was a legal pitch at the time) who was discovered playing semipro ball in the Chicago area. He had struck out 241 batters in 26 games and twice led his team to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago American Giants, which was then managed by Andrew “Rube” Foster and considered the most dominant team in Negro National League baseball. Corey attended spring training as a highly-touted rookie for the White Sox in 1918, but severely fractured his ankle when he got his spikes stuck in home plate during a slide. He made his only major league appearance in the second game of a double-header on July 2, 1918, and faced Ty Cobb, but play-by-play data does not exist to inform us whether he retired the famed “Georgia Peach.” Corey’s injury continued to plague him, and he spent the remainder of his career in the minors.