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1940 Play Ball #60 Johnny Cooney

John Walter Cooney

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Johnny Cooney, whose major league career stretched from 1921 to 1944, began his big league career as a pitcher with the Boston Braves and was primarily used in that capacity through 1930, although some years he had roughly as many appearances in the field. After four years away from the majors, spent in the American Association, he returned to the majors with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1935 as a full-time outfielder, not making a single pitching appearance henceforth. He hit only two career home runs, which happened to be on consecutive days on September 24-25, 1939.

He went on to be a long-time member of the Braves' coaching staff, managing them for part of the 1949 season, and remained with the club for three years after they became the Milwaukee Braves. He later spent 8 seasons as a Chicago White Sox coach while Al Lopez managed the team.

Cooney also umpired one big league game, a June 28, 1941 contest between the Dodgers and the Braves, when the regular crew was unable to arrive on time.

Johnny is the son of Jimmy Cooney and the brother of Jimmy Cooney.


Preceded by
Billy Southworth
Boston Braves Manager
1949
Succeeded by
Billy Southworth

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