When Ty Corbett tried out with the
Pittsburgh Pirates in 1942, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Pie Traynor described him as the best amateur player he had ever met.
Ty signed with the Pirates for their Albany (NY) farm team in
the Class A Eastern League and played there during the 1943 season.
He compiled a 5-4 pitching record with a solid 1.96 earned run
average and was used in the outfield because of his strong
hitting. After two years of military service in World War II,
Ty resumed his local baseball career. In over twenty years as a
player and manager, he was associated with such famous teams as
National Electric Products of Ambridge (NEPCO), Beaver Falls
American Legion, Rochester Merchants, Conway AC, and the West
Mayfield Vets. He was known is the Beaver County Baseball League as
a star pitcher and league leading hitter. In 1948 Ty signed on
with the New Castle entry in the Class C Middle Atlantic League at
age 32 and played seven positions before a severe ankle
injury ended his brief professional career at the close of the
season. He then re-entered the Beaver County League and played until
1953, when he was named MVP of the Conway AC team at age 37. It was
what you might expect of a man named Tyrus Raymond Cobb Corbett.