Vince Coleman Stats

Vince Coleman was born on Friday, September 22, 1961, in Jacksonville, Florida. Coleman was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1985, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Vince Coleman baseball stats page.

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"I remember one game up in Montreal.(Vince) Coleman led off with a single, and their starting pitcher, a guy named Dave Palmer , got so paranoid about Vince's lead, he threw to the bag not once, not twice, but nineteen times in a row. That's how anxious he was...I think it just got Coleman's motor running. By the time Palmer came to the plate, Vince was covered neck to kneecaps in Canada dirt. Still, first pitch, he was off and running and into second in a cloud of dust. They couldn't stop him!" - Whitey Herzog in You're Missin' a Great Game: From Casey to Ozzie, the Magic of Baseball and How to Get It Back (Simon & Schuster, 02/01/2007, Vince Coleman , Page 57)

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Vince Coleman Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#201 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1986top07' title='1986 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Vince Coleman Autograph on a 1986 Topps Baseball Card (#201 | Checklist )

Birth Name:
Vincent Maurice Coleman
Nickname:
Vince - Vincent Van Go
Born On:
09-22-1961  (Virgo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Jacksonville, Florida
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Raines High School (Jacksonville, FL)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-18-1985 (Age 23)
Last Game:
04-14-1997
Draft:
1982 : 10th Round (257th)

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Vince Coleman Pitching Stats

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Vince Coleman Hitting Stats

1985 24 Cardinals 151 636 107 170 20 10 1 0 40 50 1 115 5 1 0 3 .267 .320 .335
1986 25 Cardinals 154 600 94 139 13 8 0 0 29 60 0 98 3 5 2 4 .232 .301 .280
1987 26 Cardinals 151 623 121 180 14 10 3 0 43 70 0 126 5 1 3 7 .289 .363 .358
1988 27 Cardinals 153 616 77 160 20 10 3 0 38 49 4 111 8 5 1 4 .260 .313 .339
1989 28 Cardinals 145 563 94 143 21 9 2 0 28 50 0 90 7 2 2 4 .254 .316 .334
1990 29 Cardinals 124 497 73 145 18 9 6 0 39 35 1 88 4 1 2 6 .292 .340 .400
1991 30 Mets 72 278 45 71 7 5 1 0 17 39 0 47 1 0 0 3 .255 .347 .327
1992 31 Mets 71 229 37 63 11 1 2 0 21 27 3 41 2 1 2 1 .275 .355 .358
1993 32 Mets 92 373 64 104 14 8 2 0 25 21 1 58 3 2 0 2 .279 .316 .375
1994 33 Royals 104 438 61 105 14 12 2 0 33 29 0 72 4 5 1 2 .240 .285 .340
1995 34 Royals 75 293 39 84 13 4 4 0 20 27 1 48 2 1 1 7 .287 .348 .399
1995 34 Mariners 40 162 27 47 10 2 1 1 9 10 1 32 3 0 1 1 .290 .335 .395
1996 35 Reds 33 84 10 13 1 1 1 0 4 9 0 31 1 0 0 0 .155 .237 .226
1997 36 Tigers 6 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 1 .071 .133 .071
13 Years 1,371 5,406 849 1,425 176 89 28 1 346 477 12 960 48 24 15 45 .264 .324 .345

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Vince Coleman Fielding Stats

1985 Cardinals CF 17 10 315 31 1.8 30 30 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 2.57
1985 Cardinals LF 138 129 3,462 279 2.0 274 265 9 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.14
1985 Cardinals RF 10 10 219 14 1.4 13 12 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .929 1.60
1986 Cardinals CF 20 17 468 54 2.7 53 50 3 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 3.06
1986 Cardinals LF 131 128 3,453 266 2.0 258 250 8 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.02
1987 Cardinals LF 150 150 3,958 296 2.0 287 272 15 9 3 n/a n/a n/a .970 1.96
1988 Cardinals CF 23 23 585 45 2.0 42 41 1 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .933 1.94
1988 Cardinals LF 127 125 3,369 269 2.1 263 250 13 6 1 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.11
1989 Cardinals LF 142 134 3,584 262 1.8 252 247 5 10 1 n/a n/a n/a .962 1.90
1990 Cardinals LF 118 113 3,024 254 2.2 249 239 10 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.22
1990 Cardinals RF 2 2 60 6 3.0 6 4 2 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.70
1991 Mets CF 70 70 1,809 140 2.0 137 132 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.04
1992 Mets CF 21 20 522 58 2.8 58 58 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1992 Mets LF 41 39 942 57 1.4 56 54 2 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .982 1.61
1993 Mets LF 90 88 2,233 168 1.9 165 160 5 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.00
1994 Royals LF 99 98 2,614 182 1.8 174 163 11 8 3 n/a n/a n/a .956 1.80
1995 Royals CF 2 0 6 1 0.5 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.50
1995 Royals LF 57 57 1,485 104 1.8 102 95 7 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 1.85
1995 Royals RF 13 12 300 13 1.0 12 12 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.08
1995 Mariners LF 38 38 965 86 2.3 85 83 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .988 2.38
1996 Reds LF 20 17 452 31 1.6 30 28 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .968 1.79
1997 Tigers CF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1997 Tigers LF 2 1 39 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.08
LF Totals 1,153 1,117 29,580 2,257 2.0 2,198 2,109 89 59 14 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.01
CF Totals 154 140 3,711 329 2.1 321 312 9 8 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 2.34
RF Totals 25 24 579 33 1.3 31 28 3 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .939 1.45
13 Years 1,332 1,281 33,870 2,619 2.0 2,550 2,449 101 69 17 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.03

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Vince Coleman Miscellaneous Stats

1985 Cardinals 110 25 .815 1 0 n/a 636.0 5.5 15.9 - - -
1986 Cardinals 107 14 .884 2 5 n/a 0.0 6.1 20.7 - - -
1987 Cardinals 109 22 .832 1 0 n/a 207.7 4.9 14.5 - - -
1988 Cardinals 81 27 .750 3 0 n/a 205.3 5.5 16.2 - - -
1989 Cardinals 65 10 .867 5 1 n/a 281.5 6.3 20.1 - - -
1990 Cardinals 77 17 .819 6 1 n/a 82.8 5.6 12.7 - - -
1991 Mets 37 14 .725 2 0 n/a 278.0 5.9 16.4 - - -
1992 Mets 24 9 .727 8 3 n/a 114.5 5.6 10.9 - - -
1993 Mets 38 13 .745 3 1 n/a 186.5 6.4 14.9 - - -
1994 Royals 50 8 .862 0 2 5 219.0 6.1 13.3 - - -
1995 Royals 26 9 .743 1 2 4 73.3 6.1 14.7 - - -
1995 Mariners 16 7 .696 1 1 0 162.0 5.1 18.0 - - -
1996 Reds 12 2 .857 13 2 n/a 84.0 2.7 21.0 - - -
1997 Tigers 0 0 .000 4 0 1 0.0 4.7 0.0 - - -
13 Years 752 177 .809 50 18 10 193.1 5.6 15.6 - - -

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Vince Coleman Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1985 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $60,000.00 - -
1986 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $150,000.00 - -
1987 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $160,000.00 - Stats
1988 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $700,000.00 Stats -
1989 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $775,000.00 Stats -
1990 St. Louis Cardinals 29 $1,012,500.00 - -
1991 New York Mets 1 $2,312,500.00 - -
1992 New York Mets 1 $3,112,500.00 - -
1993 New York Mets 11 $3,212,500.00 - -
1994 Kansas City Royals 29 $3,312,500.00 - n/a
1995 Kansas City Royals 29 $250,000.00 - -
1995 Seattle Mariners 29 "     " - -
1996 Cincinnati Reds 30 $500,000.00 - -
1997 Detroit Tigers 29 $500,000.00 - -
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Vincent Maurice Coleman was a Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals (1985-1990), New York Mets (1991-1993), Kansas City Royals (1994-1995), Seattle Mariners (1995), Cincinnati Reds (1996) and Detroit Tigers (1997). Vince, his nickname, wasn't just fast, he was ridiculously fast and it was evident early that he was going to be special:

After being signed by the Cardinals in 1982, Vince Coleman was sent to the Johnson City Cardinals (Rookie Class), where he played in 58 games, and stole 43 bases. The following year, Vince was promoted to Single A, the Macon Redbirds, where he played in 113 games, and stole a league record 145 bases!

Vince was sent directly to the Triple A Louisville Redbirds in 1984, and simply kept on stealing bases, swiping 101 bases in 152 games, while literally teaching himself to switch-hit.

Vince Coleman Rookie Baseball Card
Vince Coleman Rookie Card | 1985 Topps Traded Baseball Card (#24T | Checklist )
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Did you know that when Vince Coleman made his major league debut, on April 18, 1985 , he reached base twice, a single and a walk, and stole two bases? Vince was the first Cardinal player since 1907, to swipe two bags in his very first game.

1985 : Vince Coleman stole 110 bases during his first big league season, the first player in baseball history to record 100-or-more steals during their first season. No player, before or since, has ever stolen as many bases during their rookie season as Vince Coleman! [ Most Stolen Bases in a Season by a Rookie ]

1986 : Vince Coleman "only" stole 107 bases during his sophomore season, a feat (back-to-back 100 stolen base seasons) not seen in St. Louis since the franchise was playing in the American Association, and known as the Browns , by Arlie Latham (1887-1887).

1987 : Vince Coleman stole 109 bases and became the first - and through today the only - player in Major League history to steal 100+ bases in the first three seasons of their career.

1988 - 1989 : Vince Coleman never stole 100-or-more bases again, but he did successfully steal a base on September 18, 1988 , then stole a Major League record 49 additional bases without being thrown out once. The streak ended when he was finally caught stealing on July 28, 1989 , in Olympic Stadium. Do you know remember the catcher was that day? [ Answer ] [ Most Consecutive Steals in a Career Without 1 Caught Stealing ]

1990 : Vince Coleman did not lead the league in stolen bases, but he had been the league leader the first six years of his career, from 1985 through 1990. Six consecutive years, tied for most in National League history with Maury Wills. [ Most Consecutive Seasons Leading a League in Stolen Bases ]


Vince Coleman | August 7, 2018 | St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Profile
Vince Coleman left St. Louis via free agency (signing a four-year $11,950,000 contract with the Mets ) and his career plunged as fast as it had risen. Fights, injuries, suspensions, problems with coaches, injuring fellow players, and a criminal charge for child endangerment prevented the former Rookie of the Year , two-time All-Star ( 1988 , 1989 ), from ever reaching his potential again. His legacy, with the Cardinals , was historic and author Robert Cohen ( The 50 Greatest Players in St. Louis Cardinals History , Taylor Trade Publishing, 04/01/2015, Page 213) ranked Coleman as the 30th greatest Cardinal ever !

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