Bill Coughlin

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1903 E107 Breisch Williams

William Paul Coughlin
(Rowdy Bill or Scranton Bill)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 140 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bill Coughlin was a third baseman in the majors for nine seasons. Originally debuting in Washington, he had his best season in 1902 when he hit .301/.348/.414 with 84 runs scored and 27 doubles. A regular much of his career, he came of age with the Detroit Tigers, serving as captain of their 1907 and 1908 World Series squads. Bill became a skilled practitioner of the hidden ball trick in his Detroit days, performing the feat seven times (at three different positions) in a record that will never be broken. He turned the only one in World Series history by catching Jimmy Slagle napping in Game 2 of the '07 Fall Classic.

Coughlin also played eleven seasons in the minors, starting at 17 and finishing at 35. After his major league career, he managed in the minors from 1909 to 1917 (player-manager until 1914), and was the head coach at Lafayette College from 1920 to 1943, compiling a 273-134 record. He umpired five American League games in 1904.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1909 Williamsport Millionaires Tri-State League 61-53 3rd none none
1910 Williamsport Millionaires Tri-State League 60-50 3rd none none
1912 Allentown Tri-State League 65-47 2nd none none
1913 Allentown Tri-State League 59-52 2nd none none
1914 Scranton Miners New York State League none none replaced John Kelly
1915 Scranton Miners New York State League 68-55 4th none none
1916 Scranton Miners New York State League 67-52 2nd none none
1917 Scranton Miners New York State League -- none -- replaced by Jack Connors

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