» April 14, 1925:
Two future Hall of Famers make their ML debuts
for the A's in the same game. Lefty Grove starts against
Boston and leaves in the 4th after walking 4 and striking
out nobody. He gives up 5 runs on 6 hits. In the 8th,
Mickey Cochrane pinch-hits for C Cy Perkins, singles
and stays in behind the plate while the A's go on
to score 9 runs in the last 4 innings to win 9-8
in 10 innings. Grove, known as Groves in Baltimore,
is also listed that way in the New York Times
box score. Grove will become the first pitcher
to lead the AL in strikeouts and walks in the same
» May 6, 1925: Ty Cobb belts two more homers, off Dave Danforth and Chester Falk, giving him five round trippers in two days, tying Cap Anson's 1884 feat. His 1st inning single gives him nine straight hits, and two other drives in the game are barely caught. His six RBIs lead the Tigers to a 114 clawing of the Browns. Mickey Cochrane hits his 1st ML home run, off Sam Jones.
» May 21, 1925:
A' rookie Mickey Cochrane hits three homers to lead Philadelphia to 204 rout over the Browns. His first two clouts come off Milt Gaston, and the third off George Blaeholder. He will hit just another two all year to total six.
» September 26, 1925:
Philadelphia fans chip in to buy a new automobile for the A's player chosen by the press as MVP. The winner: Al Simmons with 30 points. Mickey Cochrane, a .331 hitter in his first year, is 2nd.
» June 11, 1927: After five wins in a row, the A's lose to the Tigers, 54. Despite Lefty Grove being lifted for a pinch hitter in the 8th, for the 9th inning the Philadelphia Athletics field a team of seven Hall of Famers. The outfield consists of Ty Cobb in right, Al Simmons in center and Zack Wheat in left. At 1B Jimmie Foxx, while at 2B. Cy Perkins started as catcher batting seventh, but when Mickey Cochrane pinch-hit for him in the last inning, seven Cooperstown-bound players were in the lineup. On May 24th of next year, the A's will again field seven HOFers and combine with the Yanks to showcase 13 Hall of Famers.
» May 24, 1928: In the first game of a doubleheader in Philadelphia, a major-league record 13 future Hall of Famers take the field as the first-place Yankees take on the 2nd-place A's. This number does not include non-playing Hall of Famers Herb Pennock and Stan Coveleski, managers Miller Huggins and Connie Mack, nor umpires Tom Connally and Bill McGowan. [HOFs: Earle Combs, Leo Durocher, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, and Waite Hoyt for New York; Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Eddie Collins, Lefty Grove, and Jimmie Foxx for the A's.] Led by Lazzeri's three hits and six RBIs, the Yanks edge the A's, 97, handing the defeat to Lefty Grove. The A's win the nitecap, 52, behind rookie Ossie Orwell.
» June 22, 1928:
Journeyman hurler Hank Johnson of the Yankees blanks the star-studded Athletics 4-0. In the game for Connie Mack's team are Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Al Simmons, Jimmie Foxx, Eddie Collins, Tris Speaker, and Lefty Grove.
» October 1, 1930:
The World Series opens with a Wednesday game at
Philadelphia's Shibe Park. The defending World Champion
Athletics are held to 5 hits by Burleigh Grimes. Lefty
Grove limits the Cards to a pair of runs, as the A's
capitalize on their power. Their 5 hits include HRs
by Mickey Cochrane and Al Simmons, 2 triples and a
double, providing Philadelphia with single runs in
5 different innings and a 5-2 victory.
» May 25, 1931: The A's win their 17th in a row, two behind the White Sox' American League record, beating the Yankees 42 and 164 at Philadelphia. Lefty Grove wins the opener and Roy Mahaffey coasts to the win in the nitecap. Mickey Cochrane and Ben Chapman match homers in the opener, while Jimmie Foxx is the only batter to leave the park in game 2. The streak, the 4th (tied) longest of the century, ends tomorrow when Lefty Gomez stops the A's 62. The A's are in first place by five games.
» October 15, 1931:
Sportswriter Fred Lieb leads an all-star squad on
a barnstorming trip to Hawaii and Japan. Among those
aboard ship are Lou Gehrig, Frank Frisch, Rabbit Maranville,
Willie Kamm, Al Simmons, Lefty O'Doul, Mickey Cochrane,
and Lefty Grove.
» August 2, 1933:
The A's Mickey Cochrane hits for the cycle for the second time in his career, against the Yankees in a 16-3 drubbing.
» December 3, 1933: Connie Mack sells C Mickey Cochrane to Detroit for $100,000 and catcher Johnny Pasek. Cochrane is named Detroit manager.
» October 3, 1934:
Dizzy Dean wins the opening game of the WS 8-3,
as Detroit manager Mickey Cochrane holds back his
ace, Schoolboy Rowe. Veteran Al Crowder is ineffective
as the Cardinals romp. Joe Medwick homers in a 4-for-4
day while the Tigers make 5 errors.
» November 3, 1934: Although Lou Gehrig wins the Triple Crown with 49 home runs, 165 RBI, and a .363 BA, Mickey Cochrane, with two home runs, 76 RBI, and a .320 BA, is named American League MVP. Cochrane has 67 points to finish ahead of teammates Charlie Gehringer (65 points) and Schoolboy Rowe (59 points). Lefty Gomez of the Yankees polls 60. Dizzy Dean, with a 30-7 record, is chosen as National League MVP easily outdistancing Pitt's Paul Waner.
» December 11, 1934: The 1935 All-Star Game is assigned to Cleveland. Frank Frisch and Mickey Cochrane, rival managers in the St. LouisDetroit World Series, will manage their league's teams.
» February 2, 1936: The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election, with Rogers Hornsby finishing 9th, Mickey Cochrane 10th, Lou Gehrig 15th, and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place, and Joe Jackson has two votes to tie for 36th place.
» April 30, 1936: The hits keep coming for Detroit. Tigers player/manager Mickey Cochrane is hit on the right instep by a foul tip. Like yesterday, it is Jake Powell doing the damage. Powell adds insult by driving in the winning run in the 9th of Washington's 87 victory over the Tigers.
» June 19, 1936:
Joe McCarthy is named to manage the AL All-Stars, rather than the high-strung Mickey Cochrane, who is very close to a nervous breakdown.
» June 21, 1936:
Mickey Cochrane checks out of the hospital and goes to a Wyoming ranch to recover his health.
» July 15, 1936:
After an absence of several weeks, manager Mickey Cochrane rejoins the Tigers in New York, as they split a doubleheader with the Yankees. The Tigers take the opener, 51, then lose 74, as New York maintains its 9-game lead. Cochrane will suffer a relapse and coach Del Baker will take over on the 21st.
» July 21, 1936:
Mickey Cochrane has a relapse, and Del Baker again takes charge of the Tigers. Detroit takes a pair from the visiting A's, winning 80 behind Tommy Bridges, and 98, as Schoolboy Rowe wins in relief. The Tigers score a pair in the 8th inning when, with the bases loaded, Mickey Owen hits into a double play. Goslin scores the tying run and Walker, who reaches 3rd on the play, scores when 1B Chubby Dean is caught napping.
» May 25, 1937: After hitting a solo home run against the Yankees in his third-inning at-bat off Bump Hadley to break a 11 tie, player-manager Mickey Cochrane is hit by a 31 pitch from Hadley in the 5th inning and suffers a skull fracture in three places. Coach Del Baker will run the team for the hospitalized Detroit leader, who will never return to active play. Cochrane's homer is his last at bat. In the hospital, Cochrane will exonerate Hadley saying, "I lost the ball." The Yanks win the game, 43, beating Schoolboy Rowe, who makes his first appearance of the season following a suspension for lack of conditioning.
» June 9, 1937:
Mickey Cochrane is taken off Detroit's active-player roster. 3B Marv Owen is sidelined with a broken bone in his hand, and Rudy York is recalled from Toledo to replace him.
» July 26, 1937:
Mickey Cochrane resumes command of the Detroit Tigers as a bench manager.
» August 6, 1938:
Mickey Cochrane is fired as Detroit manager.
» January 21, 1947:
A rule change that allows voting only for players after 1921 produces four new Hall of Famers: Carl Hubbell, Frank Frisch, Mickey Cochrane, and Lefty Grove. Pie Traynor misses selection by two votes.
» April 11, 1950: The Texas League opener between Dallas and Tulsa is staged in the Cotton Bowl. The Dallas starters taking the field include Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Tris Speaker, Dizzy Dean, Travis Jackson, Frank Baker, Charlie Gehringer as well as Duffy Lewis and Dallas manager, Charlie Grimm, the two non-Hall of Famers. After Dean throws one pitch, the squad is replaced by the regular Dallas Eagles team. 53,578 fans, the largest paid crowd (since surpassed) in minor-league history, cheer.
» May 25, 1950:
The Athletics make some changes. Connie Mack's son, Earle Mack, who had been assistant manager, assumes the duties of chief scout. Earle, who had hoped to succeed his father as manager, is replaced by Jimmie Dykes. Mickey Cochrane is named general manager. It doesn't help today as the Yanks extend their winning streak to nine games by defeating the A's, 20, behind Ed Lopat and Joe Page.