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Mickey Cochrane
Phila Athletics ~ Detroit Tigers
Hall of Fame Inductee - 1947
American League MVP 1928, 1934
All-Star Selection 1934-1935

Full Name: Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: Apr 06, 1903 in Bridgewater, MA
Major League Debut: Apr 14, 1925
Died: Jun 28, 1962 in Lake Forest, IL
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CAREER STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING
YR
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
TM
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Det
Det
Det
Det
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
POS
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
G
134
120
126
131
135
130
122
139
130
129
115
44
27
AB
420
370
432
468
514
487
459
518
429
437
411
126
98
R
69
50
80
92
113
110
87
118
104
74
93
24
27
H
139
101
146
137
170
174
160
152
138
140
131
34
30
2B
21
8
20
26
37
42
31
35
30
32
33
8
10
3B
5
9
6
12
8
5
6
4
4
1
3
0
1
HR
6
8
12
10
7
10
17
23
15
2
5
2
2
RBI
55
47
80
57
95
85
89
112
60
76
47
17
12
TB
188
151
214
217
244
256
254
264
221
180
185
48
48
BB
44
56
50
76
69
55
56
100
106
78
96
46
25
IBB
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Totals G
1482
AB
5169
R
1041
H
1652
2B
333
3B
64
HR
119
RBI
832
TB
2470
BB
857
IBB
0


BATTING BASERUNNING PERCENTAGES
YR
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
TM
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Det
Det
Det
Det
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
K
19
15
7
25
8
18
21
22
22
26
15
15
4
HBP
2
0
2
3
2
1
3
4
3
4
4
0
1
SH
8
26
23
21
21
18
3
3
4
5
11
6
2
SF
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
GDP
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
SB
7
5
9
7
7
5
2
0
8
8
5
1
0
CS
4
2
6
7
6
0
3
1
6
4
5
1
1
SB%
.636
.714
.600
.500
.538
1.000
.400
.000
.571
.667
.500
.500
.000
AVG
.331
.273
.338
.293
.331
.357
.349
.293
.322
.320
.319
.270
.306
OBP
.397
.369
.409
.395
.412
.424
.423
.412
.459
.428
.452
.465
.452
SLG
.448
.408
.495
.464
.475
.526
.553
.510
.515
.412
.450
.381
.490
AB/HR
70.0
46.3
36.0
46.8
73.4
48.7
27.0
22.5
28.6
218.5
82.2
63.0
49.0
AB/K
22.1
24.7
61.7
18.7
64.3
27.1
21.9
23.5
19.5
16.8
27.4
8.4
24.5
Totals K
217
HBP
29
SH
151
SF
0
GDP
0
SB
64
CS
46
SB%
.582
BAVG
.320
OBP
.419
SLG
.478
AB/HR
43.4
AB/K
23.8


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS

 

YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1925
1926
1927
1928
1929
1930
1931
1932
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Phi
Det
Det
Det
Det
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
OF
C
C
C
C
C
C
133
115
123
130
135
130
117
1
137
128
124
110
42
27
506
607
653
741
749
728
632
0
751
549
593
560
175
116
419
502
559
645
659
654
560
0
652
476
517
504
159
103
79
90
85
71
77
69
63
0
94
67
69
50
13
13
8
15
9
25
13
5
9
0
5
6
7
6
3
0
9
9
11
8
9
11
9
0
15
8
7
6
1
1
0.984
0.975
0.986
0.966
0.983
0.993
0.986
-.---
0.993
0.989
0.988
0.989
0.983
1.000
Totals G
1452
Ch
7360
PO
6409
A
840
E
111
DP
104
FPCT
0.985


ALL-STAR STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1934
1935
TM
Det
Det
LG
AL
AL
G
1
0
AB
1
0
R
0
0
H
0
0
2B
0
0
3B
0
0
HR
0
0
RBI
0
0
TB
0
0
BB
0
0
K
0
0
SB
0
0
BAVG
.000
-.---
SLG
.000
-.---
AB/HR
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
--.-
Totals G
1
AB
1
R
0
H
0
2B
0
3B
0
HR
0
RBI
0
TB
0
BB
0
K
0
SB
0
AVG
.000
SLG
.000
AB/HR
--.-
AB/K
--.-


WORLD SERIES STATISTICS - BATTING TOTALS

BATTING PERCENTAGES
YR
1929
1930
1931
1934
1935
TM
Phi
Phi
Phi
Det
Det
LG
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
G
5
6
7
7
6
AB
15
18
25
28
24
R
5
5
2
2
3
H
6
4
4
6
7
2B
1
1
0
1
1
3B
0
0
0
0
0
HR
0
2
0
0
0
RBI
0
4
1
1
1
TB
7
11
4
7
8
BB
7
5
5
4
4
K
0
2
2
3
1
SB
0
0
0
0
0
BAVG
.400
.222
.160
.214
.292
SLG
.467
.611
.160
.250
.333
AB/HR
--.-
9.0
--.-
--.-
--.-
AB/K
--.-
9.0
12.5
9.3
24.0
Totals G
31
AB
110
R
17
H
27
2B
4
3B
0
HR
2
RBI
7
TB
37
BB
25
K
8
SB
0
AVG
.245
SLG
.336
AB/HR
55.0
AB/K
13.8


TEAM ABBREVIATION KEY
YEARS
1925-1933
1934-1937
TM
Phi
Det
LG
AL
AL
TEAM NAME
Philadelphia Athletics
Detroit Tigers
LEAGUE NAME
American League
American League

Mickey Cochrane wasn’t just a great baseball player. He was a hero and role model to millions of people during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The combination of Cochrane’s fierce competitiveness on the field and his likable personality off the field helped Americans take their minds off the unemployment and other economic woes of the Great Depression. Many parents named their children after Cochrane, including one Oklahoma family named Mantle.

Playing for the Philadelphia A’s and Detroit Tigers, Cochrane led five teams to American League pennants during the seven-year span from 1929 through 1935, during an era most remember as being dominated by Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees. Three of these five teams went on to win World Series titles. Cochrane was the catcher on Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s team that won three consecutive pennants from 1929 to 1931. However, it was as player-manager of the Detroit Tigers that Cochrane achieved national fame and adulation, leading the Tigers to two pennants in 1934-35 and Detroit’s first World Series title in 1935.

Cochrane had all the attributes expected of a great catcher – mastery of calling pitches, good arm, and defensive capabilities. He also had the attributes expected of any great ballplayer. He could hit for average, had above-average speed on the base paths, and when needed could hit for power.

Over a 13-season playing career, Cochrane compiled a .320 lifetime batting average, best among all major league catchers and ranking among the top 50 of all players. His best season at the plate was 1930 when he hit .357, good for fifth-best in the league after having led the A.L. in hitting at the end of June that year with a .404 average.

His exceptional batting eye was also reflected in his patience at waiting out pitchers, piling up 857 career walks. His .419 career on-base average ranks in the top 20 among all players. Cochrane also struck out less than once in every 24 plate appearances, capped by just 8 whiffs in 514 at bats in 1929.

While hitting just 119 home runs in his career, Cochrane had 64 triples, the most among Hall of Fame catchers that played in the 20th century. His ability to launch doubles and triples lands him in the game’s top 100 in slugging percentage with a .478 average.

In his first 11 years in the majors, Cochrane never caught less than 110 games in the then 154-game season. He perfected the one-hand catching style to help protect the fingers on his throwing hand from getting overly banged up. Cochrane assisted two pitchers to establish 16-game winning streaks, still the American League record, when Lefty Grove accomplished the feat with the A’s in 1931 and Schoolboy Rowe with the Tigers in 1934.

Cochrane was selected American League MVP twice, in 1928 and 1934, primarily on his leadership abilities, which one writer has characterized as being “measured as easily as the distance to Oz.” On the field, Cochrane had a certain inspiration that infected other players to do their best. Cochrane never played on a team that finished in less than third place.

However, Cochrane never liked the limelight that was thrust upon him and was even burdened by it, as he suffered a breakdown with the Tigers in 1936 after being elevated to general manager in addition to his player-manager duties. On his way to recovery from the breakdown in 1937, he was hit in the head by a pitch in those helmet-less days and was nearly killed, ending his major league career. In 1938, as a bench manager, Cochrane was much less effective and was fired that August.

Cochrane managed the Great Lakes Naval Training baseball team for the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1942-44. He also briefly served as general manager of the A’s in 1950. His happiest post-playing days were at his Montana ranch in the late 1940s, with his wife Mary and daughters Joan and Sara. His only son, Gordon Jr., died on a battlefield in Europe in World War II. At the ranch, Cochrane could be plain ole “Mike,” his preferred nickname and what anyone close to him called him, rather the “Mickey” moniker that was his baseball persona.

In 1947 Cochrane was the first catcher elected by the baseball writers to the Baseball Hall of Fame.


Biographical information provided by Charlie Bevis, member of SABR and author of Mickey Cochrane's biography.

CHARLIE BEVIS' BOOK ABOUT COCHRANE AVAILABLE FROM MCFARLAND PUBLISHING See the Mickey Cochrane book information page at McFarland Publishing. Click on the page icon at right to read an excerpt from the book (Chapter 11) displayed in the ARTICLES Section of this Encyclopedia of Baseball Catchers.