Thursday, July 06, 2006

Mickey Cochrane

Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Black Mike
Induction Information
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1947, Player 128 votes on 161 ballots 79.5%

Hall of Fame plaque for Mickey Cochrane
Born: April 6, 1903, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Died: June 28, 1962, in Lake Forest, Illinois
ML Debut: 4/14/1925
Primary Position: Catcher
Bats: L Throws: R
Played For: Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33), Detroit Tigers (1934-37)
Primary Team: Philadelphia Athletics
Managed: Detroit Tigers (1934-38)

Post-Season: 1929 World Series, 1930 World Series, 1931 World Series, 1934 World Series, 1935 World Series
Awards: All-Star 1934-1935; American League Most Valuable Player 1928, 1934

Bio Mickey Cochrane batted .320 during his 13-year career and excelled behind the plate, but he also possessed that special trait - a fierce, competitive spirit - which gave him exceptional leadership qualities.

"Black Mike" was the spark of the Athletics' pennant-winning teams of 1929, '30 and '31, hitting .331, .357 and .349, respectively. As player-manager for the Detroit Tigers from 1934 to 1937, he directed them to a league championship in 1934 and the World Series title in '35. A beaning in 1937 ended his playing career.

Quote "There were few things as exciting as watching somebody trying to get in there on a close play with Cochrane. Home plate was his, you see. You had to take it away from him. Tough? Just the same as a piece of flint." — Doc Cramer

Did You Know... that Mickey Cochrane hit a home run in the last official at bat of his major league career?

Hall of Fame Teammate: Lefty Grove

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