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Players Who Made It

A no-nonsense manager for the Bisbee Bees, Roy J. “Hardrock” Johnson led the Bisbee Bees for the team’s first five years. A player in the old outlaw Copper League, Johnson was a popular and usually successful manager for the Bees.

Roy J. “Hardrock” Johnson

Hardrock Johnson Player Card
After the Arizona-Texas League folded in 1932, Johnson was hired by the Chicago Cubs as a minor league manager and then as a coach for the parent team. In 1944, Johnson served briefly as interim manager for the Cubs.

Syd Cohen, AKA Pablo Garcia

Syd Cohen played for the Bees in 1930, hitting .380. In 1931, the fluently bilingual Cohen played for the Nogales Internationals using the alias of Pablo Garcia to convince the fans across the line that there were Mexican players on the team. In the early 1950s, Cohen returned to Bisbee to manage the Copper Kings.

Cohen and the Babe

While pitching for the Washington Senators in 1934, Cohen recorded the last strikeout Babe Ruth would make as a Yankee – and also gave up the last home run the Babe would hit while wearing Yankee pinstripes.