Baseball to Retire Jersey of Tim Corder on Saturday
April 28, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Hard-throwing righthander Tim Corder posted a 27-3 career record and Saturday he will become the 10th University of Memphis baseball alum to have his jersey retired, head coach Daron Schoenrock announced Monday.
“When you evaluate careers from the past, not just one season or a game, Tim's career stands out. Tim put up some phenomenal numbers and helped Memphis to impressive seasons in all three years he played," Schoenrock said. "This year’s jersey retirement is kind of special for me in that I competed against Tim in my playing days at Tennessee Tech.”
“We are excited to honor Tim and this is another somewhat local player to have his jersey retired,” Schoenrock added. “We know that local players have been very important to the history of the program and we look forward to seeing several of his teammates at the ceremony.”
Corder, a two-time All-American selection, posted 9-1 record with a 2.85 ERA in his freshman season of 1981. The Covington, Tenn. native pitched a one-hitter against Illinois State on March 27 of his freshman campaign, allowing only a RBI triple in the sixth inning of the seven-inning game.
During the 1982 season, Corder won 10 games, which ranks as the third-highest single-season total in school history. As a junior, Corder won eight games leading then-Memphis State to a 32-10 record. Corder, a three-time All-Metro First Team selection, piled up 189 career strikeouts in 254 innings pitched as the Tigers amassed a 113-33 record in his time wearing the Blue & Gray.
Corder was drafted in the fifth round of the 1983 draft by the Boston Red Sox. Corder was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame in 1993 and still holds the single-season record with eight complete games in 1982.
The Tigers will retire Corder’s jersey in a ceremony prior to the game. As part of the ceremony, Coach Schoenrock invites all baseball alumni to the game to celebrate the occasion with Corder. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for 1:45 p.m. at FedExPark at home plate.
“We want to turn this into an Alumni Weekend,” Schoenrock said. “The main part of this alumni weekend is the retirement of the jersey, but we want to get the guys together in the grand stand to renew some old friendships while enjoying a game at newly renovated FedExPark.”
The Tigers host Connecticut in a three-game series this weekend at FedExPark. Game times are 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.