Date and Place of Birth: November 9, 1915 Jenison, Michigan
Died: November 9, 2011 Grandville, Michigan
Position: Second Base
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: Pacific Theater of Operations
J “Benny” McCoy was born on November 9, 1915 in
The Tigers traded McCoy to the Athletics in December 1939 but the deal was void as Commissioner Landis declared 91 Tiger minor leaguers as free agents. Major league clubs began bidding for the offensively powerful second baseman. The Washington Senators offered him a bonus of $20,000, the New York Giants raised it to $25,000, the Brooklyn Dodgers to $35,000, and the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds to $40,000. But McCoy accepted the Athletics’ offer of $45,000 and instantly became their starting second baseman.
McCoy batted .257 in 1940 and hit .271 in 1941, driving in 61 runs
and having an American League fifth-best 95 base on balls. He
entered military service on February 6, 1942. He was stationed at
Great Lakes Naval Training Station in 1942, then Norfolk NTS in 1943
and 1944. At the end of the ’44 season he was sent to
McCoy was discharged at the end of 1945 and returned to the
Athletics. He worked hard in trying to gain the second base job at
the Athletics’ Wright Field camp in
In June 1946, McCoy joined the St Joseph Auscos of the Michigan-Indiana Semi-Pro League, helping them to the National Baseball Congress championship.
Benny McCoy passed away on his 96th birthday on November 9,
2011 in Grandville, Michigan.
Benny McCoy passed away on his 96th birthday on November 9, 2011 in Grandville, Michigan.
Created April 18, 2008. Updated November 12, 2011.
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