Andy Coakley

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Andrew James Coakley
played as Jack Mc Allister in 1902

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Biographical Information[edit]

“I definitely gave up college when they handed me a textbook entitled Ars Discendi... It was all in Latin which was too much for me. It was more fun to listen to Rube Waddell.” - Andy Coakley, on why he left Holy Cross for a life in baseball

The moundsman formerly known as Jack McAllister, Andy Coakley pitched nine big league seasons. He did his best work in 1905, going 18-8 with a 1.84 ERA and 145 strikeouts in helping the Philadelphia Athletics to an American League pennant. He made a start in the World Series, allowing nine runs to the New York Giants, only three of which were earned due to five errors behind him. He was a 17-game winner with the Cincinnati Reds in 1907, then endured an excruciatingly tough luck 10-18, 1.78 season split between the Reds and Chicago Cubs in 1908.

Following two appearances with the New York Highlanders, Andy became the baseball coach at Williams College in 1911, sticking around until 1913, moving to Columbia from 1914 to 1918 and 1920 to 1951, where he coached a fellow named Lou Gehrig. The school's baseball diamond was called Andy Coakley Field from 1970 until 2008, when it was renamed Robertson Field in honor of an alumnus who funded significant renovations.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1905 & 1907)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1905, 1907 & 1908)

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