Mickey Cochrane

Birthdate 4/6/1903
Death Date 6/28/1962
Debut Year 1925
Year of Induction 1947
Teams Athletics, Tigers
Position Catcher

Mickey Cochrane won American League Most Valuable Player Awards with two different teams & finished with a .320 lifetime average.

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Vintage photograph with lengthy inscription

Vintage photograph with lengthy inscription

Mickey Cochrane played from 1925-1937, serving as the backbone for four pennant-winning clubs. A two-time Most Valuable Player, Cochrane played nine years for Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics and four more for the Detroit Tigers. The catcher’s .320 career batting average as well as h
Cochrane adds his musing to the reverse of the photo

Cochrane adds his musing to the reverse of the photo

The back of the photo features Cochrane’s handwritten pointers about proficiently playing the catching position. Perhaps what set Cochrane apart from his contemporaries was the willingness to do whatever it took to win. Indeed, his nickname was “Black Mike” because of his fire and
Elden Auker writes about his catcher and manager Mickey Cochrane

Elden Auker writes about his catcher and manager Mickey Cochrane

Pitcher Elden Auker broke into the big leagues with the Tigers in 1933, playing the season’s final two months with the big club. The following year Auker was in the big leagues to stay as he won 15 games to start a string of five straight seasons with double-digit win totals

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