July 1, 1896|
San Francisco, California
|Died: May 30, 1975
San Mateo, California
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|April 19, 1921 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 18, 1927 for the Chicago White Sox|
|Earned run average||4.67|
Albert George Cole (July 1, 1896 – May 30, 1975) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played six seasons in the major leagues with the Detroit Tigers (1921–1925), Cleveland Indians (1925), and Chicago White Sox (1927). He finished his career with a record of 28-32 in 605-2/3 innings. His best season was 1923 when he had a record of 13-5 with a 4.14 earned run average. His .722 win percentage in 1923 was 3rd best in the American League, and his 52 games was also 3rd best in the league. On July 15, 1921, he gave up Babe Ruth's 139th career home run, breaking the previous record of 138 set by Roger Connor. Ruth went on to hit 714 home runs.
Cole spent the bulk of his career pitching for the Tigers at a time when Ty Cobb was their manager. After his major league career, Cole pitched for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League in 1934. He also pitched for the San Francisco Seals (Pacific Coast League) in 1935. Cole was teammates with Joe DiMaggio in 1935, when the Seals won the PCL championship.
Cole was born in San Francisco, California, and died in San Mateo, California.
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