From BR Bullpen
John Walter Cooney
- Bats Right, Throws Left
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
- High School Cranston High School
- Debut April 19, 1921
- Final Game July 30, 1944
- Born March 18, 1901 in Cranston, RI USA
- Died July 8, 1986 in Sarasota, FL USA
 Biographical Information
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, from 1946 to 1955, 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 from 1957 to 1964 while Al Lopez managed the team.
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