Jack Coombs (1906-14) won three games in the 1910 World Series, an amazing accomplishment for any pitcher. (In three World Series he was lifetime 5-0.) That year he had gone 31-9 to pace the A's and lead the league in victories. He was 28-12 the following season and 21-10 in 1912, clearly the best years of his fourteen-year-career. He spent four years with Brooklyn and finished up with Detroit. Lifetime in 355 games Jack was 159-110. After his playing days were over he became head baseball coach at Duke University and sent a number of players to the A's during that time. Orge "Pat" Cooper (1946) a pitcher, not the comedian, who was one of those "Cup of Coffee" guys who saw action in one game, one inning and was never seen or heard from again in the majors. In the minors he pitched, played the outfield and first base and got into 622 games over ten years batting, of all things, .318. As a minor-league pitcher, he was 24-16. Arthur "Bunny" Corcoran (1915) was a member of the '15 A's. He was 0-4 in his one game at third base. Played just two minor-league campaigns (1920 at Norfolk and 1921 at Rocky Mount), played in 238 games and batted .230. Ensign "Dick" Cottrell (1913) spent small parts of five different years in the majors--and every one of them with a different team. With the A's he was 1-0, with the rest of them, combined, he was 0-2. In four minor-league seasons, he won 34, lost 26. Why would someone give their kid a military rank as a first name? Stan Coveleski (1912) Hall of Famer, a native of Shamokin, PA, Stan started his fourteen-year career with the A's in 1912 and, somehow, they let him get away after he went 2-1. In fact he spent four years in the minors and was twenty-seven before he was back in the majors to stay, mostly with Cleveland (1916-24). He also saw service with Washington and the Yankees. Lifetime in 450 games, Coveleski won 215, lost 142 with an ERA of 2.88. He was the brother of Harry Coveleski a very good southpaw major-league pitcher who appeared with the Phillies, Reds, and Tigers over nine years (1907-18). Ironically the two brothers never faced each other on the mound. The correct spelling of his last name was Coveleskie, but he never corrected anyone and, as a consequence, his Hall of Famer The Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901-1954 93 plaque has his last name spelled incorrectly. (The original spelling of his name was Kowalewski, he and his brother changed it legally). Stan Coveleskie shared the same name (and they spelled it right, too) not the same talents as the well-known Hall of Famer. Stan played in the minors for six seasons (1944-51), five of them in the Phillies farm system, one in the A's organization. A catcher by trade, Coveleskie appeared in 346 games and batted .261. Homer Cox was signed as a catcher by the A's in 1938 and spent the majority of his ten-year minor-league career in their organization. He played in 578 games and had a .301 lifetime batting average, but never really got out of the low minors. He batted .367 for Lexington in 1945 in eighty-four games, his best season. Martin "Toots" Coyne (1914) went zero for two in his one game for the A's. No other pro record exists. Born and died in St. Louis. Jim Roy Crabb (1912) in seven games for the A's he was 2-4, in two games with the White Sox to start the season, he was 0-1. Lifetime, one year, nine games. Spent seven seasons in the minors, winning seventy-six, losing seventy-one. Once lost twenty games playing for three different teams in 1914. George Craig (1907) no decisions in two appearances. He was a left hander. Was 6-5 in his one minor-league season. Roger "Doc" Cramer (1929-35) who belongs in the Hall of Fame and will never get there despite his twenty-year-career and lifetime batting average of .296. His best A's year was 1935 when he batted .332 in 149 games. Cramer appeared in 2,239 games, had 2,705 hits and batted over .300 eight times and in the .290s four others. What kept him out of the "Hall"? He never hit the long ball--he had only thirty-seven career homers and, likely, the fact that and never played as a member of the one of the New York teams. It hardly seems fair that they've inducted guys like Joe Gordon and Travis Jackson because they did play for one of the Gotham teams, or Bill Mazeroski who hit a World Series homer to beat a New York team. Check their stats vs. Cramer's (later in this book, in the chapter "Why The Hall Not?") The A's signed Doc in 1928 and sent him 94 Ted Taylor to Martinsburg where he served notice that he was a hitter batting .404. He batted .347 at Portland in the PCL in 1930. In four minor-league seasons, Doc batted .360 lifetime in 245 games. The A's originally signed him as a pitcher and he went 2-2 in his first season. In 1938, he pitched four innings, with no decision, for the Boston Red Sox. Sam Crane (1914-16) saw the highs and the very, very lows with the A's. He only got into twelve games over those three seasons batting .000, .087, and .250. Later he played for Washington, Cincinnati, and Brooklyn and ended up with a .208 lifetime batting mark for 174 games. He was a shortstop. John Creighton played first base in the A's farm system for four of his five pro seasons. He broke in with Portsmouth in 1950 and ended up at Colorado Springs in 1955 after being dealt to the White Sox organization. In 538 career games he batted .283. Jim Cronin (1929) was briefly a member of the A's team that many think was the best ever assembled in baseball. Jim, no relation to Joe, played a small role. He appeared in twenty-five games and batted .232. Had a .308 lifetime batting average over eight minor-league seasons. Jim was an infielder who was the first to admit that his career was a short one because he couldn't hit big-league pitching. Lafayette "Lave" Cross (1901-05) was an important member of Connie Mack's first A's teams. A third baseman for the club, Lave batted over .300 twice in his five-year-stay. He broke in with Louisville of the American Association in 1887 and played for the original A's in that loop in 1889, '90, and '91. He played for the Phillies 1892-97 and both St. Louis and Brooklyn before joining the Mack A's. He finished his twenty-year big-league career with the Senators. Cross was thirty-five when he joined the A's. Lifetime he appeared in 2,275 games and fashioned a .292 batting mark. Monte Cross (1902-07) was the A's slick fielding, weak hitting, shortstop for six years and another key cog in the Mack machine--but not relation to Lave. A native Philadelphian, Monte spent fifteen years in the majors including five with the Phillies. In 1,681 games he batted .234. After leaving the A's Cross played and managed in the minor leagues for several.
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March 10, 2010
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