Frank Coggins

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When Frank Coggins hit .175 in 1968 during the heart of the second dead-ball era, it wasn't that unusual. The Washington Senators as a team hit .224, with regular catcher Paul Casanova hitting .196, regular shortstop Ron Hansen hitting .185, Ed Brinkman hitting .187 in 193 at-bats, and Sam Bowens hitting .191 in 115 at-bats.

What was much more unusual was his .307 average in 1967 in 75 at-bats. The team hit .223, and no one on the squad, with any number of at-bats, hit higher than Coggins. The second-highest average on the team was the .256 that Frank Howard hit. His one career home run was hit on September 15th that year, against the Detroit Tigers off Dave Wickersham. The Senators lost the game 5-4. He also had the distinction of having hit the first triple in the history of the Oakland Coliseum, against the Oakland Athletics on April 19, 1968.

He appeared in 6 games for the Chicago Cubs in 1972 to complete his major league career. He appeared in 13 games in 1973 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes.

Although he died in 1994, his death was not reported in baseball circles until 2009.

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