- Rich Coggins was in the majors from 1972 to 1976. Coggins was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1968 and started playing in the minors at the age of 17. Rich played in the minors from 1968-1972 and was brought up to Baltimore after batting .322 for AAA Rochester in 1972. Coggins played in 16 games and batted .333 in 39 AB.
- Rich had his best season in 1973. Coggins finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting as he batted .319 in 110 games. Rich fell off in 1974 and batted .243 in 113 games. After the 1974 season Coggins was traded with Dave McNally and a minor leaguer to the Montreal Expos for Ken Singleton and Mike Torrez.
- Coggins stayed with the Expos for only a short time in 1975. He batted .270 in 37 at bats and was sold to the New York Yankees on June 20. Rich was with the Yankees for the remainder of the 1975 season and batted .224 in 51 games.
- Coggins developed a thyroid condition in 1975 that prevented him from performing at a high level.
- Rich started the 1976 season with the Yankees but batted four times in seven games before being traded with Ken Brett to the Chicago White Sox for Carlos May on May 18. Coggins played for the White Sox until early July and batted .156 in 32 games. On July 14 Rich was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Wayne Nordhagen. The Phillies assigned Rich to AAA Oklahoma City, where he finished the season.