This peppery third-string catcher, a rancher in Throckmorton, Texas, spent only two
full seasons in the majors. Up with Cincinnati for all of 1965, Coker appeared in
just 24 games.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 24, 1960:
Jimmie Coker's slam for Philadelphia off Ted Wieand of the Reds is the day's 4th. This ties the major-league record for most slams in one day, and gives the Phils a 9–5 win.
»May 28, 1960:
At Forbes Field in the 8th inning, Roberto Clemente is on 3B and Hal Smith on 1B with two outs, when Bill Mazeroski fans on a ball that hits in the front of the plate. The ball then hits umpire Al Barlick on the right knee and bounces back toward Phillies pitcher, Jim Owens. Maz doesn't move as Smith jogs to 2B. Clemente races in from 3B then stops. Owens fields the ball and goes after Clemente ignoring pleas from the Phils' bench to simply throw to 1B. In the run-down, Clemente knocks the ball out of Jim Coker's glove and scores the tying run on the catcher's error (the photo has been widely published). The Pirates win, 4–2 in the 13th on Don Hoak's 2-run home run.