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Orge Patterson Cooper

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North Carolina native Pat Cooper spent ten seasons in professional baseball from 1936 to 1950. The young right-hander started his pro career as a pitcher, a role he held until 1946, converting to the first base position during that year. Cooper also spent four years of his baseball run (1942-1945) with the United States Army during World War II. During Cooper's four years on the minor league mound, he compiled a 24-16 record while appearing in 60 games and pitching 354 innings.

On his return from Military Service, Cooper appeared in one outing for the big league Philadelphia Athletics on May 11, 1946, pitching in one game with no decision. He spent the balance of the 1946 year with the Savannah Indians of the class A South Atlantic League, going 1-1 in six games as a pitcher and also seeing action in 37 games at first base, hitting at a .265 clip.

He spent most of the 1947 year with the Martinsville A's of the class C Carolina League, having his best numbers year when he appeared in 93 games, hitting at a .376 clip and coming up with 23 homers. This performance got Cooper his second and last look at the major league game. The Athletics brought him up for a late season look in 1947. He responded with four hits in 16 at-bats, while appearing in 13 games, for a .250 batting average and September 6, 1947 was his last game in the show.

Cooper spent three more seasons in pro baseball, all up to par or above. In 1948, he hit at a .323 clip with 20 home runs for the Martinsville A's and the Savannah Indians in a split-season affair. In 1949 and 1950, he was with the Burlington Bees of the Carolina League, hitting .323 again but with 26 homers in '49, and .303 with 8 round-trippers in '50. All these numbers gave Cooper a very creditable minor league stat sheet. He finished out at the age of 32, after appearing in 622 games with an estimated .318 batting average and 80 round trippers.

After baseball, Orge Patterson Cooper returned to his native North Carolina where he worked as a building contractor until his retirement. He died on March 15, 1993 at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC.

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