Rest in Peace Irv Noren and Jim Coates – Two Former Yankees Pass on the Same Day
Friday, November 15, 2019 was a sad day for the greater New York Yankees family as two former Yankees, both who contributed and played on multiple World Series winning teams, passed away.
IRV NOREN 1924-2019
Irv Noren was a Major League Baseball player for eleven seasons – from 1950 through 1960. Noren was a Yankee from 1952 through 1956. As a member of the Yankees, Noren played all three outfield positions and on occasion played first base.
In his five seasons as a Yankee, Noren batted .272 with 31 home runs and 198 runs batted in. Without any question, Noren’s best season for the Yankees was 1954. That season, Noren played in 125 games and accumulated 480 at bats. Noren batted .319 with 12 homeruns and 66 rbi’s in 1954. He actually finished among the league leaders in batting average. That season, 1954, Noren played in his only All-Star game.
Irv Noren came to the Yankees (along with Tom Upton) in a trade with the Washington Senators in May 1952. In order to get Noren, the Yankees sent Jackie Jensen, Spec Shea and two other players to the Senators. The Yankees needed Noren because Joe DiMaggio had retired, Mickey Mantle was recovering (slowly) from an injury, and Jackie Jensen (who would win the American league MVP Award in 1958) was struggling. As a Washington Senator, Noren had performed especially well against the Yankees, with his bat, his glove, and his arm. The Yankees who were now thrilled to get this player.
Noren appeared in the 1952, 1953, and 1955 World Series. The Yankees won the first two of those series, the Dodgers, though, were victorious in 1955.
Noren was traded to the Kansas City A’s before the 1957 season. That trade, with included a host of “players to be named later” eventually netted the Yankees Bobby Shantz and Clete Boyer.
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JIM COATES 1932-2019
Jim Coates pitched in the Major Leagues for nine seasons. He pitched for the Yankees in 1956 and then from 1959 to 1962. In his five seasons as a Yankee, Jim Coates pitched in 167 games, mostly as a relief pitcher. He did make 39 starts. As a Yankee, Coates had an overall record of 37-15, 3.84.
Coates’ best years were 1960 and 1961, two season the Yankees went to the World Series. In 1960, Coates won 13 games against just 3 losses. In 1961, he went 11-5. (Over the two seasons that’s an impressive 24-8 record!) Coates was an American League All-Star in 1960.
Jim Coates pitched in the 1960, 1961, and 1962 World Series, two of which (1961 and 1962) the Yankees won.
In April 1963, Jim Coates was traded by the Yankees to the Washington Senators for Steve Hamilton.
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