Larry Corrigan was Iowa State’s “Mr. Everything” while gracing the diamond in the most prosperous period in ISU baseball history from 1970-72. The Mendota, Ill., native led Iowa State to back-to-back Big Eight Conference titles in 1970 and 1971, earning All-America honors twice, becoming just the second Cyclone baseball player in school history to be named to two All-America teams
Corrigan started his career at ISU as a pitcher in 1970, breaking the Big Eight record for wins in a season, posting an 8-1 record and a 2.88 ERA. He also led the Cyclones in batting with a .353 average, pacing Iowa State to its first league title since 1957 and earning a spot in the College World Series, where ISU finished fifth. He was named first-team all-Big Eight, first-team all-District and All-American for his exploits on the mound.
The Cyclones repeated as Big Eight champions in 1971 with Corrigan playing primarily at catcher. The Cyclone star led the squad in batting (.349) and earned first-team all-Big Eight and All-America honors for the second consecutive season, this time at catcher. The Cyclones fell short of another CWS appearance after losing to Tulsa in the regional qualifier.
Poor weather, injuries and tough luck hurt ISU in Corrigan’s senior season in 1972. Though the team struggled through adversity, Corrigan posted a .354 batting average en route to second-team all-Big Eight honors. Corrigan tallied a .352 career batting average, which ranks fourth on the ISU career list and ranks No. 1 in the pre-aluminum bat era.
Corrigan was drafted in the fourth round of the major league baseball draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers after his ISU career was over. He pitched seven seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins organizations, earning a major league contract with the Dodgers in 1975. He pitched three years in Triple-A level ball until 1978 when he accepted the assistant coaching position at Iowa State, assisting Clair Rierson until he retired in 1980. Corrigan was promoted to head coach at his alma mater in 1981, leading the Cyclones to a 103-101 mark in four seasons at the helm. He paced ISU to a then-school record 34 victories in his first season as the Cyclone skipper.
In 1984, Corrigan left Iowa State to become an assistant at California State-Fullerton. He then returned to professional baseball where he worked as a scout and scouting director.