Mickey Cochrane (1903-1962) was one of the greatest catchers in baseball history. In an era when hitting catchers were unknown, "Black Mike" was a outstanding batter who hit for average and power and also drew walks. Cochrane's .320 career batting average is one of the highest ever for a catcher, second only to Mike Piazza.
Cochrane was the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Athletics team that one three consecutive pennants and a World Series title from 1929 to 1931. Cochrane later led Detroit to two pennants and a World Series crown in 1934 and 1935. Cochrane was named MVP of the American League in 1928 and 1934.
Cochrane was forced into early retirement on May 25, 1937, when a pitch thrown by the Yankees' Bump Hadley fractured his skull. Cochrane was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.
Mickey Mantle was named after Mickey Cochrane, who was the favorite player of Mantle's father.
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