- March 3, 1947
- 6' 3"
- 175 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-28-1965 with WS2
The son of former big league pitcher Joe Coleman, Joe Coleman was the first player ever signed from the June Amateur Draft. He was also the first drafted player to reach the majors when he joined the Senators that September and was the youngest player in the American League during his rookie season in 1965. Coleman overcame a 9-32 minor league record to make the big leagues.
He had his best years after going to Detroit in an eight-player deal for Denny McLain in 1970. He won 20 games in 1971, 19 in 1972, and a career-high 23 in 1973. In Game Three of the 1972 LCS, he shut out Oakland 3-0, striking out an LCS-record 14 batters. After going 10-18 (5.55) in 1975, Coleman worked for six teams in four years, mostly out of the bullpen.
He helped the Tigers win the 1972 American League Eastern Division. Coleman also pitched briefly for World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that would go on to win the 1979 World Series.
He was named to the 1972 American League All-Star Team but Coleman did not appear in the game.
He held the ALCS single game record of 14 strikeouts (tied by Mike Boddicker in 1983) from 1972 until 1997 when Mike Mussina struck out 15 in a single game.
In 15 seasons he had a 142–135 record, 484 Games, 340 Games Started, 94 Complete Games, 18 Shutouts, 70 Games Finished, 7 Saves, 2,569⅓ Innings Pitched, 2,416 Hits Allowed, 1,202 Runs Allowed, 1,055 Earned Runs Allowed, 234 Home Runs Allowed, 1,003 Walks Allowed, 1,728 Strikeouts, 90 Hit Batsmen, 118 Wild Pitches 10,948 Batters Faced, 65 Intentional Walks, 7 Balks and a 3.70 ERA. Washington Senators (1965–70), Detroit Tigers (1971–76), Chicago Cubs (1976), Oakland Athletics (1977–78), Toronto Blue Jays (1978), San Francisco Giants (1979) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1979).
Coleman was a player/coach for the Spokane Indians in 1980 and 1981.
After his playing career ended, Coleman coached and managed in the minors for several seasons. He was the manager of the Peoria Suns in 1983 and the California Angels bullpen coach from 1988 to 1990. Coleman was Joe Torre's pitching coach with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1991 to 1994. He returned to the Angels organization as a minor league pitching instructor in 1995-1996 and a coach on the big-league staff from 1997 to 1999. From 2000 to 2006 Coleman served as the pitching coach for the Durham Bulls. In 2007-2011 he was the pitching coach of the Lakeland Flying Tigers.
The son of Joseph Patrick Coleman, the two rank third in father-son combined wins, their 194 victories placing them behind the Bagbys and the Trouts.
His son, Casey Coleman, came to the majors in 2010.
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