W.K. Watkins – Andy Coakley
November 20, 1882|
Providence, Rhode Island
|Died: September 27, 1963
New York, New York
|September 17, 1902, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 27, 1911, for the New York Highlanders|
|Earned run average||2.35|
Andrew James "Andy" Coakley (November 20, 1882 – September 27, 1963) was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1902–1906), Cincinnati Reds (1907–1908), Chicago Cubs (1908–09) and New York Highlanders (1911).
Coakley was born on November 20, 1882 in Providence, Rhode Island. He helped the Athletics win the 1902 and 1905 American League Pennants and the Cubs win the 1908 World Series, and although he didn't play in the latter, he was the last surviving member of the 1908 team. His only postseason appearance was a complete game 9–0 loss to the New York Giants in the 1905 World Series. Although the Athletics gave up nine runs that day, Coakley was only charged with three earned runs, as the A's committed five errors behind him.
In nine seasons Coakley had a 58–59 win-loss record in 150 games, with 87 complete games, 11 shutouts, 3 saves, 1,072 ⅓ innings pitched, 1,021 hits allowed, 436 runs allowed, 9 home runs allowed, 314 walks, 428 strikeouts, 26 hit batsmen, 15 wild pitches, 2 balks and a 2.35 ERA. He currently ranks 21st among the Major League Baseball career ERA leaders.
Following his playing career, Coakley coached baseball at Williams College (1911–1913), and Columbia University (pitching coach 1914, head coach 1915–1918, 1920–1951). In 1923, Lou Gehrig was one of his players.