Marlan Coughtry

Marlan Coughtry
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1934-09-11)September 11, 1934
Hollywood, California
Died: November 8, 2016(2016-11-08) (aged 82)
Vancouver, Washington
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1960, for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
July 15, 1962, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Batting average .185
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4

James Marlan Coughtry (September 11, 1934 – November 8, 2016)[1] was an infielder in Major League Baseball. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg). In 35 games, Coughtry posted a .185 batting average (10-for-54) with six runs and four run batted in (RBI).[2]

Coughtry played college baseball at Long Beach City College, and was signed by the Boston Red Sox as an amateur free agent in 1954. He began his professional career with the Corning Red Sox, and had a .333 batting average in 93 games with the team. In 1955, he was promoted to the San Jose Red Sox, and had a .295 batting average, 11 triples, and 11 home runs. He played in 72 games for the Albany Senators the following year, then spent 22 games with the Oklahoma City Indians in 1957. Coughtry missed the 1958 season, and spent both 1959 and 1960 between the Allentown Red Sox and the Minneapolis Millers. With Allentown in 1960, he had a .308 batting average and 13 home runs.[3]

In September 1960, the Boston Red Sox brought him up to the major league roster, and he made his debut on September, playing in 15 games for the team that season. In Ted Williams' final game for the Red Sox, Coughtry hit a single and scored the tying run in the ninth inning to help give the Red Sox a win.[4] The following season, Coughtry played for the Seattle Rainiers, and had a .296 batting average in 148 games. After the 1961 season, the Los Angeles Angels selected him in the rule 5 draft, and he played in 11 games for the Angels in 1962. On May 12, the Angels traded him to the Kansas City Athletics for Gordie Windhorn, and on July 2 after six games with the team, the Cleveland Indians purchased his contract. He played three games for the Indians after his contract was bought.[2] After the three games, the Indians sidelined him due to a sore back, and he retired from professional baseball shortly afterward.[5]


  1. James Coughtry Obituary
  2. 1 2 "Marlan Coughtry Statistics and History". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  3. "Marlan Coughtry Minor League Statistics & History". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  4. Updike, John (2012). Assorted Prose. Random House. p. 117. ISBN 9780812983777.
  5. "Sudden Sam". The Plain Dealer. July 17, 1962. p. 15.
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