As a rookie, Coan took on five-time AL stolen-base champ George Case in a Griffith
Stadium foot race. "Gil Coan was very fast, but I beat him," Case said years later.
"It was a darn good promotion and pulled a lot of people into the ballpark, including
General Eisenhower." With 23 stolen bases in 1948, Coan finished second in the AL.
In 1950 and 1951 he put together back-to-back .303 seasons.
»April 21, 1951: Gil Coan of the Senators gets two triples in the 6th inning at Washington, the last major leaguer to collect two triples in an inning. The Senators score seven runs in the frame, but that's it as they lose to the Yankees, 8–7. Tom Ferrick is the winner.