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Gordon "Gordie" Coleman in 1961
Gordon "Gordie" Coleman in 1961

Gordon "Gordie" Coleman

Position(s): First Baseman

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

Debut: September 19, 1959 for the Cleveland Indians

Final Game: May 3, 1967 for the Cincinnati Reds

Connection to Rockville: Born in Rockville, played for Richard Montgomery High School.

Gordon "Gordie" Coleman was an outstanding first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds who helped lead the team to the pennant in 1961.  In his eight seasons with the Reds, he hit .271 and slugged 98 homer, while driving in 385.  While his team may have had a hard time against the New York Yankees in the 1961 World Series, Gordy was one of the highlights as he hit a two run home run in the fourth inning of Game 2 off of Yankees pitcher Joey Jay to help the Reds win the game.  This would be the only game the Reds would win as the Yankees would eventually take the series 4-1.

For his performance for the team he is in the Reds Hall of Fame, and became a well recognized name in the City of Rockville.  The baseball field at Richard Montgomery High School, which he attended, is named in his honor and bares a plaque with his story.  Coleman died in 1994 at the age of 59, and the City of Rockville named July 5th, 2008. which would have been his 74th birthday, "Gordy Coleman Day" in his honor.  The Rockville Baseball Association celebrates this day annually in his honor.  Coleman was also part of the inaugural class of the Richard Montgomery Athletic Hall of Fame, as well as the Rockville Baseball Hall of Fame.

Full Stats: https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=colema001gor

SABR Bio: https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/aa605332

 

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