Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dick Coffman, Long-time Pitcher

Dick Coffman, pitcher

Milwaukee Brewers: 1933
St. Paul Saints: 1941

born: December 18, 1906 @ Veto, Alabama
died: March 24, 1972 @ Athens, Alabama

Long-time professional pitcher Dick Coffman died 40 years ago today at the age of 65.

Coffman’s first appearance in the professional ranks came in 1926 at the age of 19 when he played for two teams, the Quincy (Ill.) Red Birds (B) and Chattanooga Lookouts (A).

Joining the American Association as a Milwaukee Brewer in 1933, Coffman posted a record of 3-10 in 17 games in 95 innings of work with an ERA of 5.21.

In 1941 his travels took him to St. Paul where he pitched in 11 games for the Saints, earning two losses with no wins in only 23 innings of work.

Coffman’s career was checkered: his eight minor league seasons resulted in a combined record of 51-59. He hung around long enough to assemble a 15-season record in the majors, posting 72 wins against 95 losses with the majority of those seasons spent with the St. Louis Browns.

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