Cohen, the son of a rabbi, saw limited action over three major league seasons, two with the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) and one with the Philadelphia Phillies. He had previously been an International League All-Star with the Toledo Mud Hens. In his major league debut, he batted out of order during a double-switch, but the opposing Boston Braves did not appeal. Cohen enjoyed a successful business career following his retirement from baseball, having founded a successful products company and served on the board of directors of both Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and the Daughters Of Israel Geriatric Center. At the time of his death in 2003, he was the oldest living member of the Brooklyn Dodgers Alumni Association.