Frank Coggins

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Frank Coggins played parts of three seasons, primarily with the Washington Senators. He debuted with a 19 game look in 1967, batting .307/.321/.387 in 75 at bats. His one career home run came on September 15, against the Detroit Tigers and Dave Wickersham. The following season, the Year of the Pitcher, he regressed hard, batting .175/.215/.222 in 62 games and 171 at bats. On April 19, in his lone highlight, he became the first man to sock a triple at the Oakland Coliseum. He was, at least, in good company on a miserable hitting Senators club. Two semi-regulars were also under .200: catcher Paul Casanova (.196/.210/.252) and shortstop Ron Hansen (.185/.281/.316). Among others over 100 at bats, Frank was joined in the under .200 club by the usually light-hitting Ed Brinkman (.187/.259/.202, 193 at bats), catcher Jim French (.194/.277/.242, 165 at bats) and outfielder Sam Bowens (.191/.262/.330, 115 at bats).

Coggins was essentially finished as a major leaguer, clawing his way back for a 6 game stint with the Chicago Cubs in 1972 to complete his career. He appeared in 13 games in 1973 for the Kintetsu Buffaloes. Although he died in 1994, his death was not reported in baseball circles until 2009.

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