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Coulling, Stanley (1999)


Coulling, Stanley (99)

Stan Coulling’s baseball career spanned the Worid War II era and included stops in many states and leagues. He pitched professionally at the time when leagues were labeled AAA, AA, A, B, ©, D.

it all began at Belgrade High School where he won 31 and lost 6 over a three year period. As a legion pitcher he won 12 and lost 3. Ben Houser (72) selected Coulling to join the semi-pro Worumbo Indians and he was 2 and 0 in 1939.

He played semi-pro in 1940 and gained recognition as a promising prospect. After attending Joe Stripps School of Baseball in Orlando, Florida, Stan signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and began his pro career at Mouttrie, Georgia, a Class D loop. His two year record was 21 and 20.

1942-1945 Armed Service Career: Camp Barkley Texas 90th Infantry Division 6-0 one no hitter but only six games in three years! After the war Coulling, a 6’3" right hander with a label of “good control” resumed the quest for a major league opportunity. 1946 Centerville, MD Orioles Class D 17-8; 1947 Montgomery, AL Class B 113; 1948 Montgomery AL Class B 16-5, one no hitter, 3.07 ERA; October exhibition at Colby College - 2 scoreless inning vs Birdie Tebbetts Major League All Stars; 1949 spring training with the Hollywood stars - AAA Pacific Coast League; limited relief pitching - sold to Chattanooga (South Association) when Branch Rickey bought the Stars; Chattanooga Lookouts and Memphis Chicks AA - more relief pitching - soon developed arm trouble (elbow injury) returned to Montgomery; 1950-91 Fort Lauderdale and Gadsden, AL - Class B, elbow injury continued to plague him - retired from baseball.

While playing pro ball Stan used off seasons to continue his schooling. He attended Stetson College in Deland, Florida and Farmington Teachers College. In 1952 he received his B S. in Recreation and Camping from Springfield College.

He is presently living in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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