Sport: Cochrane Out

In 1934, the Detroit Tigers paid Connie Mack $100,000 for Mickey Cochrane, baseball's best catcher. In 1935, after he had led the Tigers to two successive American League pennants and the first world championship in its history, Catcher-Manager Mickey Cochrane became the hero of Detroit. In 1936, Manager Cochrane had a nervous breakdown, was away from the bench for six weeks. Last summer a pitched ball fractured his skull, ended his playing career. Last week, Mickey Cochrane, 35, reputedly the highest-salaried ($45,000 a year) manager in the game, was fired.

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