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Richard Henry Cogan

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 150 lb.

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"Dick Cogan's home run over the far left field fence was one of the longest hits ever seen at Adelaide Park." - Sporting Life, June 20, 1903, reporting on Cogan's home run in Providence

Dick Cogan played for three different teams in three major league seasons, getting into eight games. He won a couple games while with the 1899 Chicago Orphans.

Dick was born, and died, in Paterson, NJ. Paterson was an early hotbed of baseball, with quite a few major leaguers born there. Dick played for the Paterson minor league team, and also managed it several seasons. He won 20+ games in 1896 with Paterson and again in 1897 with Newark, and also played other positions over the years, especially in 1903 when he played a lot of outfield for Providence.

He had what was described as a stroke in 1908. Sporting Life of October 10, 1908 took the opportunity to give his biography. He played football for the "Entre Nous" team from 1892-97, which "cleaned up the college elevens". He played semi-pro baseball with the Ironsides of Newark and then signed to play minor league ball with Norfolk. He was a Democrat, and had served on the Board of Chosen Freeholders for a ward in Paterson (in other issues, Sporting Life had sometimes referred to him as "Alderman Cogan" while he was still playing ball).

As of 1914 he was Registrar of Deeds and Mortgages in Passaic County. He was also President of the Paterson team.

"Dick Cogan left for Baltimore this morning to join the Orioles. Several hundred of the cranks went to the train to see him off . . ." - Sporting Life of March 20, 1897

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