Joe Coleman (colemjo04)
Joseph Patrick Coleman
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2½", Weight 200 lb.
- School Boston College
- High School Malden Catholic High School
- Debut September 19, 1942
- Final Game September 7, 1955
- Born July 30, 1922 in Medford, MA USA
- Died April 9, 1997 in Fort Myers, FL USA
Pitcher Joe Coleman played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1942 before serving in the Navy during World War II, going through pre-flight training with Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Johnny Sain. After the war, he returned and enjoyed three 200 inning seasons with double digit victories. In 1948, he finished 14-13 with 3 shutouts for the A's and earned a save in the All-Star Game. In 1954, he pitched four shutouts and 221 1/3 innings en route to a 13-17, 3.50 season with the inaugural edition of the big league Baltimore Orioles. He later was a batting practice pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the late 1950s before opening a chain of sporting goods stores in the Boston area. The father of big league pitcher Joe Coleman Jr. and grandfather of big league pitcher Casey Coleman, Joe Sr. died of a brain hemorrhage at age 74.
- AL All-Star (1948)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1948, 1949 & 1954)
- Anne R. Keene: The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II, Sports Publishing LLC, New York, NY, 2018. ISBN 978-1-68358-207-6