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Mickey Cochrane

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Born: April 6, 1903 in Bridgewater, Mass.

Died: June 28, 1962

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33), Detroit Tigers (1934-37)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1947

Batted: Left

Threw: Right

Primary position: Catcher

Career Highlights:

  • Considered one of the greatest catchers in MLB history, he had a career average of .320.
  • Nicknamed "Black Mike" because he always seemed to be in a bad mood, his A's teams won pennants in 1929, 1930 and 1931.
  • Hit .357 with 10 home runs and 85 RBI in 1930.
  • Was player-manager with the Tigers from 1934, and managed Detroit to a pennant in 1934 and a World Series title in 1935. He went 348-250 as a manager.
  • Suffered a career-ending injury in 1937 when he was hit in the head with a pitch.

After Baseball:

  • Despite his head injury, he served in the Navy in World War II.
  • Served stints as coach and GM for the A's, scout for the Yankees and Tigers, and vice president of the Tigers.
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