Dick Cole (baseball)

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Dick Cole
Born: (1926-05-06) May 6, 1926 (age 88)
Long Beach, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 27, 1951 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
July 21, 1957 for the Milwaukee Braves
Career statistics
Batting average .249
Hits 303
RBI 107

Richard Roy Cole (born May 6, 1926, at Long Beach, California) is a former Major League Baseball infielder.[1]

Before the 1943 season, Cole was drafted as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals. Over eight years later he made his debut with the Cardinals, but was traded after only 15 games of service to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he would spend the majority of his career.[1]

Dick was used as at three different positions at his career with almost an even distribution of games. He played 169 games at shortstop, 118 games at second base, and 107 games at third base.[1]

Cole wasn't plugged into the Pirates' lineup for offensive support, as his only full season, 1954, led to him grounding into 20 double plays, which was enough to tie for the second highest total in the National League with Stan Musial, only being topped by Del Ennis with 23. However, Cole did manage to hit slightly above average .270, along with 22 doubles, 5 triples, and 40 RBI in 138 games.[1] The only home run of the year he hit was off the Brooklyn Dodgers' All-Star Carl Erskine.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Career Statistics and History at Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ McGowen, Roscoe (May 25, 1954). "HOME RUNS CHECK BROOKLYN BY 5–2; Thomas and Cole Connect for Pittsburgh -- Surkont Outpitches Erskine". The New York Times. p. 30.