Coaker Triplett

Herman Coaker Triplett (December 18, 1911 - January 30, 1992) was a backup outfielder in Major League Baseball, playing mainly as a left fielder for three different teams between the 1938 and 1945 seasons. Listed at 5' 11", 185 lb., Triplett batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Boone, North Carolina.

Basically a line-drive hitter and a good fielding replacement, Triplett was one of many players who only appeared in the majors during World War II. He debuted with the Chicago Cubs, playing for them briefly during the 1938 season before joining the St. Louis Cardinals (1941-1943) and Philadelphia Phillies (1943-1945). His most productive season came in 1943, when he hit a collective .260 batting average with 56 runs batted in in 114 games, ending fourth in the National League with 15 home runs and fifth with a .439 slugging percentage.

In a six-season career, Triplett was a .256 hitter (334-for-1307) with 27 home runs and 173 RBI in 470 games, including 148 runs, 47 doubles, 14 triples, 10 stolen bases, and a .320 on-base percentage.

Triplett resumed his baseball career with the Buffalo Bisons of the International League, hitting .306 in 1946, .315 in 1947, and .353 in 1948 to win the league batting title. He added 22 home runs in 1949 and a .337 average in 1950. The next year, he replaced Specs Toporcer as Buffalo's manager during the midseason, as Toporcer's eyesight had declined.

Triplett died in his homeland of Boone, North Carolina, at the age of 80.

Facts

  • In his college years at Appalachian State, Triplett was a high-scoring football halfback and baseball team captain.
  • In 1976 gained induction into the Appalachian State Hall of Fame. He also is a member of the Buffalo Bisons Hall of Fame and Watauga Sports Hall of Fame.

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