King Cole (baseball)
April 15, 1886|
|Died: January 6, 1916
Bay City, Michigan
|October 6, 1909, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 20, 1915, for the New York Yankees|
|Earned run average||3.12|
|Career highlights and awards|
Leonard Leslie "King" Cole (April 15, 1886 in Toledo, Iowa – January 6, 1916) was a baseball player in the early 20th century. He started his baseball career as a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs in 1909. In 1910, he had a record of 20–4 and helped win a National League pennant for the Cubs. On July 31, 1910, he became the first Cubs pitcher to throw a no-hitter, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in a seven inning game. His 20–4 record is the best winning percentage (.866) for a Cub pitcher in the 20th century. Cole was traded to Pittsburgh, and then to the New York Yankees. On October 2, 1914, Cole gave up a double to Babe Ruth—Ruth's first hit in the major leagues.
In 1915, Cole was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and died shortly after the end of the 1915 season.
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