Ernie Johnson called him "the mayor of Statesboro, Georgia."
As a little kid, I wondered if Vic Correll really was the mayor of a town. And if he was, how'd he spend so much time playing baseball? Was he as bad a mayor as he was a catcher?
One thing was clear to me even then: Ernie didn't call him that because he could hit. In four seasons with the home team, he mostly had the Statesboro Blues: a .222 combined batting average, no on base percentage better than .317 and a season with 13 errors. Those 13 errors, as far as I could find, are the most ever made by an Atlanta catcher.
And Vic did it in just 97 games! Ozzie Virgil had that many boots one season, as did Earl Williams. Correll did hit 27 homers and knock in 100 runs, spread over four years and 871 at-bats. For his ineptitude, Vic earns a spot on the Office's Worst 10 of the 1970s. If you got released by the Braves in 1978 -- which he did -- you were abysmal. That was the middle year in a run that rang up 101, 93 and 94 losses.
As we've established and long-time Bravos fans well know, Correll is hardly alone in the gallery of failed Braves catchers. The litany is astoundingly awful: Bob Tillman, Paul Casanova, Joe Nolan, Bill Nahorodny, Johnny Oates (bad as a Brave), Larry Owen, Matt Sinatro (.136 in 81 ABs in 1982), Rick Cerone, Ozzie Virgil, Mike Heath, Ernie Whitt, Jody Davis, Bako, Blanco, Pratto. Puke-o!
Back to the nickname. Correll played college ball at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, so I presume that's why Ernie anointed him mayor of that city.