Cochrane, Mickey

Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Born: April 6, 1903, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Died: June 28, 1962, Lake Forest, Illinois
Played For: 
Philadelphia Athletics (1925-33), Detroit Tigers (1934-37)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1947

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 1934-37, he directed them to a league championship in 1934 and the World Series title in '35. A beaning in 1937 ended his playing career.

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Did You Know: 
that Mickey Cochrane hit a home run in the last official at-bat of his Major League career?
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