Cochrane, (Gordon Stanley) “Mickey”(1903–62) baseball player; born in Bridgewater, Mass. As a high-spirited catcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1925–33) he helped them to three pennants and two world championships in 1929–31. With the Detroit Tigers as the manager/catcher (1934–37), "Black Mike" helped them to two pennants and one world championship. Early in the 1937 season, he was beaned at the plate; his skull fractured in three places, he remained unconscious and close to death for 10 days, but he gradually recovered; he never played again, but he remained as manager into August 1938.
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