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CECIL COOPER
Born: December 20, 1949 in Brenham, Texas
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 2" Weight: 165
Managed First Game: August 28, 2007 ; Managed Final Game: September 20, 2009
Awards and Achievements
Named first baseman on The Sporting News AL All-Star Team (1979 to 1982)
Won AL Gold Glove as first baseman (1979 to 1980)
Named first baseman on The Sporting News AL Silver Slugger Team (1980 to 1982)
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Cecil Cooper This article was written by Eric Aron and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Once described by Baseball Digest as the "Rodney Dangerfield of baseball", Cecil Cooper was a great player who didn't get the respect he deserved. An introverted Texan, Cecil Cooper remained in the shadows for much of his 17-year playing career. The left-handed first baseman spent his major league years with Boston and Milwaukee from 1971 to 1987, appearing in two World Series. "Coooop!" -- as his fans would cheer when he stepped up to the plate -- was a lifetime .298 hitter, two-time Gold Glove Winner, and five-time All-Star. Cecil Cooper was born on December 20, 1949, in Brenham, Texas, a city with a population of 13,000 and located 70 miles northwest of Houston. Raised in nearby Independence, Cooper was the youngest of 13 children, seven boys and six girls. Cooper's mother Ocie died when he was just 10. His ball-playing father, Roy, worked with a nearby Department of Public Works. A 6'2 left-hander, Cecil was taught baseball by his brothers John, Sylvester, and Jessie. John and Sylvester later played with the barnstorming Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro Leagues.* John as a pitcher while Sylvester was a catcher who according to Cecil once caught Satchel Paige According to a 1980 Sports Illustrated story, father Roy also played in the Negro Leagues.Cooper followed his brothers, playing ball for three years at the all-black Pickard High School, transferring his senior year to the integrated Brenham High School. At Pickard High, he won two state championships under coach Henry Rogers. Intending to go to college after his graduation, Cecil was spotted by Boston Red Sox scout Dave Philly and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1968 amateur draft by the Red Sox. He opted to take courses at Blinn Junior College and Prairie View A&M during the off-season. Taken in the Rule 5 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals in November 1970, St. Louis returned Cooper to the Red Sox on April 5, 1971. He spent most of five full seasons in the minor leagues (in Jamestown, Greenville, Danville, Winston-Salem, Louisville, and Pawtucket), hitting .327 with 45 home runs and 304 RBIs.
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