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Mickey Cochrane

Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Black Mike
Born: 4/6/1903 in Bridgewater, MA USA
Died: 6/28/1962 in Lake Forest, IL USA
Bats: L   Throws: R
Height: 5.8   Weight: 180 lb.
Mickey Cochrane of the Detroit Tigers
Tiger Years
1934 — 1937

1934 American League Champion
1934 American League Most Valuable Player
1935 World Series Champion
1947 Baseball Hall of Fame
Detroit Tigers jersey #3

PRIMARY POSITION

C

All-Time
Tigers Ranking

#94   Ossie Vitt
#95   Mickey Cochrane
#96   Jean Dubuc
All rankings

Player Bio | Stats

He nearly became the second player killed in a major league baseball game on May 25, 1937, when he was struck in the head by a pitch from Bump Hadley of the New York Yankees. Of course, 17 years earlier another Yankee pitcher (Carl Mays) had beaned Ray Chapman, the Cleveland shortstop dying the next day.

Cochrane was administered the last rights and was in very critical condition for about a week. He never played another game and he was never the same as a manger again either. It’s likely that he had severely fractured his skull and suffered trauma to his brain. In ’38 he was replaced as manager of Detroit. His beaning was horrific, and because he was a star player, there was a clamor for the use of batting helmets, but baseball officials resisted the call for a rules change. It wouldn’t be until 1971 that MLB made it mandatory for players to use a helmet. Veteran players were grandfathered in and could continue to play without a helmet, though most chose to wear one. Bob Montgomery was the last player to bat in the big leagues without a helmet, in 1979 for the Red Sox.

Cochrane was a terrible loser. After the A's lost Game Seven of the 1931 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals, he got into a famous shouting match on an flight to the east coast when teammate Hank McDonald failed to show the proper amount of disappointment at the loss.

Career Record

YearTeam LgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1925PHAAL134420691392156557444190.3310.3970.44828
1926PHAAL12037050101898475256150.2730.3690.408026
1927PHAAL126432801462061280965070.3380.4090.495223
1928PHAAL13146892137261210577776250.2930.3950.464321
1929PHAAL135514113170378795766980.3310.4120.475221
1930PHAAL13048711017442510855055180.3570.4240.526118
1931PHAAL1224598716031617892356210.3490.4230.55333
1932PHAAL1395181181523542311201100220.2930.4120.51043
1933PHAAL130429104138304156086106220.3220.4590.51534
1934DETAL129437741403212768478260.3200.4280.41245
1935DETAL115411931313335475596150.3190.4520.450411
1936DETAL441262434802171146150.2700.4650.38106
1937DETAL27982730101212012540.3060.4520.49012

Totals14825169104116523336411983264468572170.3200.4190.47802915100
Per 1621625651141813671391759424031700
DET3151072218335835111521411245600.3130.4440.430092400

Postseason Batting Record

YearRound TeamLgGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOAVGOBPSLGGDPHBPSHSFIBB
1929WSPHAAL51556100000700.4000.5910.46710000
1930WSPHAAL61854102401520.2220.3750.61100010
1931WSPHAAL72524000100520.1600.3000.16010000
1934WSDETAL72826100100430.2140.3120.25010100
1935WSDETAL62437100100410.2920.3930.33300000

Totals3111017274027012580.2450.3820.33630110

Feats & Milestones

FeatMDYTeamLgOppLocDetails
3 HR5211925PHIAL
Cycle7221932PHIAL
Cycle821933PHIAL

Hall of Fame Voting

YearBallotCategoryVotesPCT
1936BBWAAPlayer8035.4
1939BBWAAPlayer2810.2
1942BBWAAPlayer8837.8
1945BBWAAPlayer12550.6
1946Nominating VotePlayer8039.6
1947BBWAAPlayer12879.5
75% needed for election by the BBWAA