Jack Coffey

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John Francis Coffey

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jack Coffey is the only player in baseball history to play with Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb in the same season (1918), when he was purchased by the Boston Red Sox from the Detroit Tigers. He was the long-time baseball coach (1909-1917, 1919-1921, 1923-1943, 1945-1958) and graduate manager of athletics (1926-1958) at his alma mater, Fordham University. He won 1,160 games and Fordham's baseball field is named in his honor. Hank Borowy was one of his top players.

It was news in 1909 when two graduates from the same college played on the same major league team. Coffey and Dave Shean, both from Fordham, were both playing for the Boston Doves and Sporting Life of July 31 remarked that they were the only two known.

Jack played 110 games for three teams in parts of two seasons in the majors (1909 and 1918), seeing action with both Boston squads. He had a lengthier minor league career. Among other stops, he played five years for Denver and another five years for Des Moines. He also managed 10 seasons in the minors. When he was player-manager for Denver in 1914, he hit .330, while another former big leaguer who was also 27, Hank Butcher, hit .336. He resigned as manager of Denver late in 1915 after a disagreement with the owner (with litigation resulting) and, in the summer of 1916, while playing for the San Francisco Seals, he was beaned.

Sporting Life on April 9, 1910 reported on a different Jack Coffey, an amateur pitcher, who was reporting to Holyoke for a trial.

Notable Achievements[edit]

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1914 Denver Bears Western League 96-72 2nd
1915 Denver Bears Western League -- -- replaced by Larry Spahr
1917 Des Moines Boosters Western League 84-62 1st League Champs
1918 Des Moines Boosters Western League 36-31 3rd
1919 Des Moines Boosters Western League 71-67 4th
1920 Des Moines Boosters Western League 58-93 8th
1921 Des Moines Boosters Western League 71-92 7th
1923 Charleston Pals / Macon Peaches South Atlantic League 64-76 5th Lost League finals
1924 Decatur Commodores Three-I League 6th replaced Ernie Calbert

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