Baseball - 1961 Golden Press : Secretariat Image Gallery

Gordon Stanley “Mickey” Cochrane (April 6, 1903 - June 28, 1962) continues to sit atop the list of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history. Cochrane helped lead the Philadelphia Athletics to three American League pennants and two World Series championships (1929, 1930) and the Detroit Tigers to two pennants and one World Series title (1935). Mickey Cochrane compiled a .320 batting average, had 1,652 hits and drove in 832 runs in his 13-year career the Philadelphia Athletics (1925-1933) and Detroit Tigers (1934-1937). He was considered one of the best catchers in the game at the plate and behind the plate and retired with a .985 career fielding percentage. Cochrane’s career was halted when he was hit in the head by a pitch that nearly killed him in 1937. Gordon Stanley Cochrane was elected tot the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.

Henry Louis Gehrig (June 19, 1903 - June 2, 1941) was one of the most feared hitters on the New York Yankees during the 1920s and '30s, a team affectionately known as Murderers Row that already employed perhaps the greatest and most potent hitter in the history of the game, Babe Ruth. Gehrig grew up in the shadow of the New York Highlanders stadium, Hilltop Park, and earned a reputation as one of the great New York sandlot players. He gained national attention at the young age of 17 while playing for his Commerce High School baseball team and visiting the historic Wrigley Field in Chicago. With his team leading 8-6 in the top of the ninth, Gehrig blasted a grand slam over the right field wall, a "blow that would have made any big leaguers proud," according to the Chicago Tribune. Lou attended Columbia University on a football scholarship, but once again starred on the diamond as both a pitcher and a slugger. The Yankees came calling in 1923 when, in mid-April, Gehrig struck out 17 Williams College batters and eight days later hit two monstrous home runs with Yankees scout Paul Krichell in attendance. Lou signed with the Yanks in 1923, foregoing his final time at Columbia, and was shipped to the Hartford Senators where he hit .304 with 24 home runs in only 59 games.