In his nine years with the Philadelphia Athletics, Mickey Cochrane was second only to Bill Dickey among baseball finest catchers. He was very durable, good defensively and a great hitter. His time with the A’s was from 1925 to 1933. Connie Mack traded him to the Detroit Tigers. His credentials in Philadelphia:
–scored over 100 runs four times;
–his best season for power hitting was 1932 when he hit 23 home runs and drove in 112 runs;
–hit well over .300 six of the nine years; oddly enough 1932 was one of the three seasons he hit below .300
In his years with Philadelphia, Cochrane hit 108 home runs, drove 680 runs, and batted .321.
No team can give up players like Mickey Cochrane and expect to keep winning.