Dave Cole

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1952 Bowman #132 Dave Cole

David Bruce Cole

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Biographical Information[edit]

Before the 1948 season Dave Cole a 6' 2" hard-throwing right-hander was signed by the Boston Braves as an amateur free agent. The Braves assigned Dave to the class B Pawtucket Slaters for his initial season and the 17-year-old went 5-2 with a 3.34 ERA. 1949 saw him with the class B Jackson Senators where he went 12-12, pitching 203 innings with a 4.21 ERA.

In 1950, he got a late-season call-up with the Braves and the young pitcher appeared in four games, allowing just 7 hits and 1 earned run in 8 innings, but picked up one loss and no wins and had a 1.13 ERA. He had spent the first part of the season with the AAA Milwaukee Brewers, going 6-5 with a 4.18 ERA.

Cole was with the Braves in 1951 and 1952 getting into 45 games, pitching 112 innings and winning 3 while losing 5 with a combined 4.14 ERA. His Achilles' heel was walks: in 112 1/3 innings over those two seasons, he issued a whopping 106 free passes. In 1953 the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves, but Dave did not see much action, appearing in ten games going 0-1 with a 8.58 ERA. On March 20, 1954 he was traded by Milwaukee with cash to the Chicago Cubs for Roy Smalley. Dave spent 1954 with Chicago, won 3 and lost 8 and was sold on March 19, 1955 by the Cubs to the Philadelphia Phillies. After this transaction his reaction was: "They're the only team I can beat." He was right, as he lost all three of his decisions to close out his career in the majors with a 6-18 record.

He spent the rest of the 1955 season with the AAA St. Paul Saints where he went 3-7 with a 6.75 ERA. Dave spent the 1956 and 1957 seasons in the high minors, won 6 games and lost 11 with a 6.15 ERA and left pro baseball at 26 years of age. His minor league stats show he won 32 and lost 37 with a 5.13 ERA, while pitching in 146 games.

Dave went back to Hagerstown, MD, where he managed a Mack Truck outlet. He died there in 2011.


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