As a struggling starting pitcher for the lowly Browns, Coffman gained sudden recognition in August 1931 by pitching two 1-0 shutouts. He spent much of his later career in the bullpen, and was among the first to log over 300 games as a reliever. With the Giants, he led the NL in relief wins in both 1936 and 1937. His 51 appearances and 12 saves in 1938 were NL highs. Dick was a more successful big leaguer than brother George “Slick” Coffman.