August 17, 1965|
Fayetteville, North Carolina
|May 6, 1990, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 22, 1996, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Runs batted in||117|
Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2nd round of the 1985 MLB amateur draft, Cole would make his Major League debut with the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 1990, and appear in his final game on May 22, 1996. Known as a stolen base threat (Cole ranked fourth in the American League in 1990 with 40 stolen bases despite playing in only 63 games), the Indians in 1991 cited his speed as a prime reason for moving the outfield walls of Cleveland Municipal Stadium back. This effort, however, resulted in the Indians hitting only 22 home runs at home for the year.  After being traded from the Indians midway through the 1992 season, Cole briefly played with the Pittsburgh Pirates before becoming a member of the inaugural Colorado Rockies team in 1993.
Cole spent most of the rest of his baseball career in the independent minor leagues. He started off 1997 playing for the Madison Black Wolf of the Northern League, then was acquired by the Florida Marlins and placed on their then top affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. He would play in the Mexican League in 1998 before finishing his career playing three years with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.
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