Dave Cole

David Bruce Cole
Cole in 1953
Born: (1930-08-29)August 29, 1930
Williamsport, Maryland
Died: October 26, 2011(2011-10-26) (aged 81)
Williamsport, Maryland
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 9, 1950, for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 6, 1955, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 6–18
Earned run average 4.94
Strikeouts 119

David Bruce Cole (August 29, 1930 – October 26, 2011) was an American professional baseball player who played six Major league seasons between 1950 and 1955.

Born in Williamsport, Maryland, Cole was known as one of the "wildest" pitchers with a career BB/9 of 7.556[1]

Cole achieved the notable feat of recording three outs without throwing a single strike while pitching for the Boston Braves in 1952 in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.[2]

Cole spent four years with the Braves, following the team from Boston to Milwaukee before spending a season with the Chicago Cubs. From the Cubs, he was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Roy Smalley. Upon his trade to Philadelphia in 1955, he is said to have remarked: "That's too bad; they're the only team I can beat."[3] In fact, four of his six career victories came against the Phillies. Coincidentally, the two players died within four days of each other.


  1. Lewis, Allen (1980), "These Were the Major League's Wildest Pitchers", Baseball Digest, 39 (4): 60
  2. Keane, Clif (1951), "Ball 'n' Phils Miss Plate", Baseball Digest, 10 (11): 34
  3. Koster, Rich (1985), "Notable Quotes from Baseball", Baseball Digest, 44 (8): 31

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