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Victor Cole

Victor Cole
Born: (1968-01-23) January 23, 1968
Leningrad, Soviet Union
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 6, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
July 9, 1992 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 0–2
Earned run average 5.48
Strikeouts 12

Victor Cole (born January 23, 1968 in Leningrad, Soviet Union) is a former professional baseball pitcher, the first player born in the Soviet Union to play in Major League Baseball. Cole was the 5th player to be born in what is now Russia.

Cole appeared in eight games for the 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates, with an 0–2 record, 12 strikeouts and allowing 14 earned runs.

Cole attended Santa Clara University in California. Cole's father, from Sierra Leone, studied medicine in Russia and married a Russian woman.

Cole was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 14th round of the 1988 amateur draft. He was traded to the Pirates May 3, 1991 for Carmelo Martinez.

Cole played in the Doosan Bears before retiring. In his ten seasons in the minor leagues, he had a record of 37 - 36 with an ERA of 3.70.

In 2003, Cole joined the Russia national baseball team. He also joined the team on its tour of the North American-based independent Northeast League. Cole was with the team again in 2007. He did not play in the European Championship either year as he did not have a Russian passport.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
  • New York Times mention
  • Baseball trivia
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