Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Angels Debut #105 Jim Coates

James Alton Coates (Mummy)
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4", Weight: 192 lb.
Born: August 4, 1932 in Farnham, VA
MLB Debut: September 21, 1956 New York Yankees
Final MLB Game: September 30, 1967 California Angels
Years with the Angels: 1965-1967

Obtained through trade from the Cincinnati Reds with a player to be named to the California Angels for Bobby Locke on July 28, 1965.
Released from the Angels in 1967 but remaining in their minor league system until 1970.

With the Twins leading 3-1 in the top of the 9th, with one on and one out, he entered the game as a pitching replacement for starter George Brunet and facing Sandy Valdespino gave up a run scoring single. He then got Jerry Zimmerman to ground into a double play to end the inning in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Friday, August 20, 1965 (N) at Chavez Ravine.

1965 - 1967
112 innings over 51 games went 4-3 with 3 saves, 70 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA.

Best Angels Performance:
Threw a complete game, 4H, 3K shutout against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, August 14, 1966 (D) at Comiskey Park I.

- Originally signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent prior to the 1951 season.
- Also played for the Yankees (56-62); Washington Senators (63); Reds (63).
- AL All-Star (1960)
- Won two World Series with the New York Yankees (1961 & 1962)
- He threw with a side-arm delivery and turned his head away from the batter at the last second, often resulting in a hit batter.
- Last Yankee pitcher to win both games of a doubleheader.

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