The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer 

Coan Still Has A Love For Baseball


Last updated 3/7/2012 at 4:50pm

Coan shakes hands with then Gen. Dwight Eisenhower.

Gil Coan of Brevard can only look at the multi-million dollar contracts offered to today’s major league baseball stars and shake his head.

Coan, for whom the Brevard College baseball field is named, remembers when things were a lot different.

The most the Brevard High School graduate ever earned as a major league player two generations ago was $15,000. He got a raise one year after batting a lofty .372 with 100 runs batted in for Chattanooga.

That raise was $300 a month, which was sweetened with a big $500 bonus.

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