Saturday, July 18, 2015

#257 Gordy Coleman

Gordy Coleman  Cincinnati Reds

Career: Coleman put up some serious numbers as he rose through the Cleveland system but his path to the majors was blocked by Vic Power. After a brief debut with the Indians in 1959 he was dealt to the Reds and played until early 1967 with them. He hit .273 with just under a hundred homers. He was a valuable contributor to some good Reds clubs. He had five hits and a homer in the 1961 World Series.

In 1960: He was called up in late July and given the starting first basemans job. Frank Robinson moved permanently to the outfield while Gus Bell and Wally Post went from starters to platooning as the third outfielder. Coleman hit .271 with six homers in a bit less than half a season.

WikiFacts: While playing in the Southern Association in 1959, outfielder Gordy Coleman hit .353 with 30 homers and 110 RBI to win the league's Triple Crown. After his career, he became a Cincinnati Reds broadcaster and is a member of the Reds Hall of Fame. -Coleman's BR Bullpen page.

The Card: Open door, chain link fencing. That had to be a minor league clubhouse photo. Coleman is airbrushed into a Reds' uni here.

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