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Leonard Leslie Cole

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 170 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher King Cole played with the Chicago Cubs from 1909 to 1912. He also played with the Pittsburg Pirates in 1912. He later played with the New York Yankees in 1914 and 1915.

Cole posted a lifetime .667 win-loss percentage over 6 years with a 3.12 ERA.

He underwent surgery for a groin tumor in April 1915. Declaring he was fit to play ball, he left hospital in mid-May, ignoring doctor's orders to rest. He reported to practice, but was feeling dizzy while on the field, and he was helped back to the clubhouse. The doctor ordered him to go home to Bay City, MI and rest for several months after which he would be fine to return to work. He never returned the the diamond however; he was diagnosed with tuberculosis later that year and died early in 1916 at age 29.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1910 & 1911)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1910)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1910 & 1911)

[edit] Further Reading

  • Victor Debs, Jr.: "The King Is Dead", in The Baseball Research Journal, SABR, Number 31, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2003, pp. 64-71.

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