Dick Cogan

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Richard Henry Cogan

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 150 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

"Dick Cogan's home run over the far left field fence was one of the longest hits ever seen at Adelaide Park." - Sporting Life, June 20, 1903, reporting on Cogan's home run in Providence

"Dick Cogan left for Baltimore this morning to join the Orioles. Several hundred of the cranks went to the train to see him off..." - Sporting Life of March 20, 1897

Dick Cogan played for three different teams in three major league seasons, getting into 12 games. He made five starts for the 1899 Chicago Orphans, finishing 2-3 with a 5.00 ERA.

Dick was born, and died, in Paterson, NJ. Paterson was an early hotbed of baseball, with quite a few major leaguers born there. Dick played for and later managed the Paterson minor league team. He won 20-plus games in 1896 with Paterson and again in 1897 with Newark, and played other positions over the years, especially in 1903 when he played a lot of outfield for Providence. He had what was described as a stroke in 1908. Sporting Life of October 10, 1908, took the opportunity to give his biography. He played football for the "Entre Nous" team from 1892-1897, which "cleaned up the college elevens". He played semipro baseball with the Ironsides of Newark and then signed to play minor league ball with Norfolk. He was a Democrat and had served on the Board of Chosen Freeholders for a ward in Paterson (in other issues, Sporting Life sometimes referred to him as "Alderman Cogan").

As of 1914, he was Registrar of Deeds and Mortgages in Passaic County. He was also President of the Paterson team.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1903 Providence Grays Eastern League -- -- replaced by James Connor
1904 Paterson Intruders Hudson River League 70-49 2nd
1905 Paterson Invaders Hudson River League 62-51 2nd
1906 Paterson Invaders Hudson River League 64-47 1st
1907 Paterson Intruders Hudson River League 4-9 -
1914 Paterson Silk Citys Atlantic League 32-54 7th

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