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Gordy Coleman

Class of 1972

Willie Mays and the Reds' Gordy Coleman were the only two guys you didn't throw curveballs to.

- Tim McCarver

When the Reds traded popular, longtime second baseman Johnny Temple to the Cleveland Indians in December of 1959 for second baseman Billy Martin, pitcher Cal McLish and first baseman Gordy Coleman, it was something of a surprise that Coleman ended up being the key player in the deal for the Reds. Both Martin and McLish were off to other clubs after one season while Coleman established himself as the Reds' starting first baseman during the pennant-winning season of 1961 and held down the position for much of the next five years.

A fine defensive first baseman with a powerful left-handed bat, Coleman swatted 26 home runs in Cincinnati's unexpected title season of 1961 and his fourth inning, two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Reds' 6-2 victory over the Yankees in Game 2 of the World Series was only the second home run hit by a Reds batter in postseason play. Coleman followed his breakout 1961 season with another strong campaign in 1962, belting a career-high 28 home runs and driving in 86 as the Reds finished a strong third in the NL with a 98-64 record. Injuries beset Coleman beginning in 1963 and plagued him until his career ended in 1967.

After retiring as an active player, Coleman became an integral part of the Reds' front office, helping to establish the Reds Speakers Bureau, through which he made countless personal appearances on behalf of the club in towns large and small throughout Reds country. In 1990, the gregarious Coleman joined the Reds television broadcast team as a color commentator, a position he held until his untimely death at age 59 from a heart attack on March 12, 1994.

Gordon Calvin Coleman
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
208
Born:
July 5, 1934, Rockville, Maryland
Death:
March 12, 1994, Cincinnati, Ohio
High School:
Richard Montgomery High School (Rockville, Maryland)
How Acquired:
Traded by the Cleveland Indians to the Cincinnati Redlegs on December 15, 1959
Debut:
September 19, 1959 vs. Kansas City Athletics
Final Game:
May 3, 1967 vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Inducted
into the Reds Hall of Fame 1972
Reds Career Statistics
Career Statistics for Gordy Coleman
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
767 2369 277 642 1058 102 10 98 385 176 25 331 9 8 .271 .322 .447 .769
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