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.
|Born: January 23, 1968|
Leningrad, Soviet Union
|June 6, 1992, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 9, 1992, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Earned run average||5.48|
Cole played in the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1994 and the San Diego Padres organization in 1995 and 1996. He then went to play in the Taiwan Major League for Kaoping Fala in 1997. Cole returned to the minors in 1998 and 1999 with the Chicago Cubs. He spent 2000 with the Memphis Redbirds, a AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization. Cole spent 2001 and 2002 with the KBO's 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.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or The Baseball Cube Warning: Template:Baseballstats cube= parameter should be updated to a numeric value., or Retrosheet, or Baseball Reference (Minor, Mexican, Independent and Korean leagues), or Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Winter League)
- CPC Baseball trivia
- New York Times mention