Dick Cole

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Richard Roy Cole

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Biographical Information[edit]

One of the few bespectacled players of the time, infielder Dick Cole was only 17 when he began his playing career with the Sacramento Solons in the Pacific Coast League in 1943. He came out of the military service in 1946 to hit .386 for the Fresno Cardinals and win the California League batting title before spending three seasons in the International League with the Rochester Red Wings. After beginning 1951 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Dick was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a semi-regular for the Pirates in 1953 and 1954, he hit a steady .270, and last appeared in 15 games for the world champion Milwaukee Braves in 1957, concluding a six-year stay hitting .249.

After his playing career, Dick managed in the New York Mets organization in the early 1960s and was a Chicago Cubs coach for part of the 1961 as part of the College of Coaches experiment. Cole then joined baseball's Central Scouting Bureau. He was a scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1970 to 1974, earning the title of Scouting Supervisor the last three years. A resident of Costa Mesa, CA, he continued to scout for the San Francisco Giants in southern California until his death in 2018.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1961 Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League -- Chicago Cubs replaced Vedie Himsl/
replaced by Bobby Adams
1962 Auburn Mets New York-Penn League 62-57 3rd (t) New York Mets League Champs
1963 Auburn Mets New York-Penn League 76-54 1st New York Mets Lost in 1st round
1970 GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League 23-40 8th Pittsburgh Pirates
1971 Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League 29-30 3rd Pittsburgh Pirates replaced Chuck Cottier (8-3)


Baseball Players of the 1950s

Further Reading[edit]

  • Doug Engelman: "Dick Cole", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: Thar's Joy in Braveland: The 1957 Milwaukee Braves, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 45-48. ISBN 978-1933599717

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