Gordon Stanley Cochrane
Nickname: Black Mike
Teams: Philadelphia and Detroit (traded in 1933)
As a rookie Gordon caught in 134 games (a record,) and hit .331
1929- batted .331, with 69 walks and only eight strikeouts in 514 at-bats!
Never struck out more than 26 times in a season
He caught more than 100 games, (a very rare feat at that time,) for 11 seasons.
He won 5 pennants
3 were consecutive
2 World Championships
Set records: .320 lifetime average, .419 on-base a percentage, played 134 games as a rookie
He also managed a major league team, became a scout, coach and general manager
The great Mickey Mantle was named after Cochrane, his father didn't know that his idol's real name was Gordon.
Became a member of the Hall of Fame in 1947