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Dick Cole

Date and Place of Birth: May 6, 1926 Long Beach, CA

Baseball Experience: Major League

Military Unit: Army

Area Served: United States


Dick Cole had played two seasons of minor league ball with the Cardinals before he was inducted in the Army in August 1944. He was stationed at Camp Roberts, California, and discharged in early 1946. Cole made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April 1951, and played six years in the National League. After his playing career ended, he managed in the Mets organization and was a coach for the Cubs. Cole scouted for the Pirates in the 1970s and later for the Giants.

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