Submitted by the Lake Bluff Fourth of July Committee
The Lake Bluff Parade Book, an annual tradition, will soon be delivered to homes and businesses. Now in its 9th edition, this year’s Parade Book is the biggest it’s ever been–at 160 pages long–and includes six feature stories. Fittingly, given that this year’s Grand Marshal is the Lake Bluff Youth Baseball Association, the book’s lead-off story delves into the life and career of professional baseball player and Hall of Famer Gordon Stanley “Mickey” Cochrane, who once called Lake Bluff home.
Lake Bluff resident David Forlow discovered Cochrane’s Lake Bluff connection while working on a research project about Scottish ancestry in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
The Hall of Fame catcher made his Major League debut in 1925, and would go on to play in three World Series, set numerous Major League records, and win the Most Valuable Player Award twice. Cochrane’s baseball career came to an abrupt end in 1937 when his skull was fractured by a pitch.
Cochrane then served in the Navy and managed the Great Lakes Naval Training Station baseball team. It was around that time that he moved his family to Lake Bluff. While he relocated his family to Montana for a short time, Cochrane returned to Lake Bluff where he lived in a house on Sheridan Rd. until his death in 1962.To read more about Cochrane’s distinguished baseball career and life, be sure to peruse your copy of the Parade Book. Other stories in this year’s Parade Book include a pictorial ode to Lake Bluff’s canine companions and their role in the parade; the Fourth of July love story of Lake Bluffers Beth Roubal and Michael Baker; and one local family’s parade memories.