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Walker Cooper

William Walker Cooper (Walk)

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 210 lb.

Born: January 8, 1915 in Atherton, MO
High School: William Chrisman HS (Independence, MO)
Signed
by the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1935. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 25, 1940 (Age 25.261, 7,171st in MLB history)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1941 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Braves/Giants/Cubs/Reds/... 1940-1957

Last Game: September 20, 1957 (Age 42.255)
Died: April 11, 1991 in Scottsdale, AZ
Relatives: Brother of Mort Cooper and Father-In-Law of Don Blasingame
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1940 STL NL 25 C 6 5 5 23 19 4 0 0 1.000 3.83 .978 5.00 0 1 2 67% 45%
1941 STL NL 26 C 63 45 41 296 247 39 10 11 .966 4.54 .983 5.04 3 0 17 18 51% 46% 0
1942 STL NL 27 C 115 105 102 598 519 62 17 6 .972 5.05 .979 4.95 8 1 22 30 58% 46% 0 AS,MVP-11
1943 STL NL 28 C 112 104 101 567 504 49 14 5 .975 4.94 .981 4.70 9 4 22 20 48% 44% 2 AS,MVP-2
1944 STL NL 29 C 97 91 87 492 442 40 10 7 .980 4.97 .979 4.56 4 5 21 16 43% 42% 1 AS,MVP-8
1945 STL NL 30 C 4 4 4 29 27 1 1 0 .966 7.00 .978 4.58 1 3 1 25% 40%
1946 NYG NL 31 C 73 67 60 324 277 38 9 3 .972 4.32 .980 5.01 3 4 25 20 44% 43% 1 AS
1947 NYG NL 32 C 132 130 124 625 561 51 13 8 .979 4.64 .981 4.96 5 24 23 21 48% 44% 1 AS,MVP-18
1948 NYG NL 33 C 79 74 56 335 307 21 7 3 .979 4.15 .980 5.15 4 11 23 8 26% 40% 0 AS
1949 TOT NL 34 C 117 108 99 536 464 61 11 5 .979 4.49 .982 4.98 15 23 30 26 46% 43% 1 AS
1949 NYG NL 34 C 40 34 34 169 148 18 3 2 .982 4.15 .982 4.98 4 14 13 7 35% 43% 1
1949 CIN NL 34 C 77 74 65 367 316 43 8 3 .978 4.66 .982 4.98 11 9 17 19 53% 43% 0
1950 TOT NL 35 C 101 99 85 833.1 516 448 54 14 9 .973 5.42 4.97 .982 5.38 5.33 6 14 30 23 43% 38% 0 AS
1950 CIN NL 35 C 13 11 9 94.0 71 62 7 2 0 .972 6.61 5.31 .982 5.38 5.33 1 1 1 1 50% 38% 0
1950 BSN NL 35 C 88 88 76 739.1 445 386 47 12 9 .973 5.27 4.92 .982 5.38 5.33 5 13 29 22 43% 38% 0
1951 BSN NL 36 C 90 84 73 730.1 432 367 57 8 9 .981 5.23 4.71 .981 5.18 5.16 8 17 27 26 49% 41% 1
1952 BSN NL 37 C 89 87 74 753.1 480 417 55 8 8 .983 5.64 5.30 .984 5.52 5.47 5 13 21 24 53% 44% 3 MVP-40
1953 MLN NL 38 C 35 34 29 285.0 174 165 6 3 1 .983 -1 -4 5.40 4.89 .984 5.53 5.42 0 3 8 3 27% 40% 0
1954 TOT NL 39 C 50 44 36 378.0 232 196 31 5 4 .978 0 0 5.40 4.54 .986 5.36 5.33 4 11 17 8 32% 44% 0
1954 PIT NL 39 C 2 1 1 11.0 6 6 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 4.91 3.00 .987 5.40 5.35 0 0 0 0 0
1954 CHC NL 39 C 48 43 35 367.0 226 190 31 5 4 .978 0 0 5.42 4.60 .986 5.36 5.33 4 11 17 8 32% 44% 0
1955 CHC NL 40 C 31 21 16 200.2 103 88 11 4 1 .961 0 0 4.44 3.19 .987 5.65 5.60 1 2 10 4 29% 46% 1
1956 STL NL 41 C 16 12 10 112.0 61 56 4 1 0 .984 -4 -43 4.82 3.75 .985 5.83 5.77 2 9 5 0 0% 40% 0
1957 STL NL 42 C 13 12 8 101.2 70 62 5 3 0 .957 -1 -12 5.93 5.15 .988 5.98 6.02 1 4 2 1 33% 40% 0
18 Seasons C 1223 1126 1010 3394.1 5893 5166 589 138 80 .977 -6 -2 5.36 4.71 .982 5.43 5.07 79 145 307 251 45% 43% 11
18 Seasons TOT 1223 1126 1010 3394.1 5893 5166 589 138 80 .977 -6 -2 5.36 4.71 .982 5.43 5.07 79 145 307 251 45% 43% 11
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1940 STL NL 25 C
1941 STL NL 26 C
1942 STL NL 27 C
1943 STL NL 28 C
1944 STL NL 29 C
1945 STL NL 30 C
1946 NYG NL 31 C
1947 NYG NL 32 C
1948 NYG NL 33 C
1949 NYG NL 34 C
1949 CIN NL 34 C
1950 CIN NL 35 C
1950 BSN NL 35 C
1951 BSN NL 36 C
1952 BSN NL 37 C
1953 MLN NL 38 C -1 -4 -1
1954 PIT NL 39 C 0 0 0
1954 CHC NL 39 C 0 0 0
1955 CHC NL 40 C 0 0 0
1956 STL NL 41 C -4 -43 -4
1957 STL NL 42 C -1 -12 -1
18 Seasons C -6 -2 -6
18 Seasons TOT -6 -2 -6
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1940 STL NL 25 6 5 6 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1941 STL NL 26 68 45 68 63 0 63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1942 STL NL 27 125 105 125 115 0 115 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
1943 STL NL 28 122 104 122 112 0 112 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
1944 STL NL 29 112 91 112 97 0 97 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1945 STL NL 30 4 4 4 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1946 NYG NL 31 87 67 87 74 0 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1947 NYG NL 32 140 130 140 132 0 132 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
1948 NYG NL 33 91 75 91 79 0 79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1949 CIN NL 34 82 74 82 77 0 77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
1949 NYG NL 34 42 34 42 40 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1950 BSN NL 35 102 88 102 88 0 88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
1950 CIN NL 35 15 11 15 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
1951 BSN NL 36 109 84 109 90 0 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
1952 BSN NL 37 102 87 102 89 0 89 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0
1953 MLN NL 38 53 34 53 35 0 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
1954 CHC NL 39 57 43 57 48 0 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1954 PIT NL 39 14 1 14 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
1955 CHC NL 40 54 21 54 31 0 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 0
1956 STL NL 41 40 12 40 16 0 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 0
1957 STL NL 42 48 12 48 13 0 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 36 0
18 Seasons 1473 1127 1473 1224 0 1224 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 283 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1941 STL NL 26 466 2.58 2.90 13 100% 0 0 51 10 1 6 34 13 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 1 2 1 100%
1942 STL NL 27 912 1.79 2.49 26 100% 1 0 115 17 0 4 94 12 5 0 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 1 2 100%
1943 STL NL 28 1322 2.54 2.95 25 100% 0 0 150 19 0 11 120 16 1 0 0 5 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 100%
1944 STL NL 29 1178 3.45 3.74 30 97% 0 0 152 24 2 7 119 7 2 0 0 1 6 0 1 5 1 3 0 2 2 0
1946 NYG NL 31 715 4.18 4.86 11 91% 0 0 94 8 0 1 85 10 2 0 0 1 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 67%
1947 NYG NL 32 3786 4.65 5.19 70 93% 0 0 423 41 6 29 347 31 10 0 0 6 8 1 5 2 1 7 0 2 4 2 100%
1948 NYG NL 33 1784 3.83 4.18 42 98% 0 0 224 32 2 9 181 14 5 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 3 0 1 1 5 100%
1949 CIN NL 34 2328 4.17 4.79 39 90% 0 0 264 26 2 12 224 26 3 1 0 0 7 0 5 2 1 2 0 0 0 4 100%
1949 NYG NL 34 1110 3.32 4.16 25 92% 0 0 126 19 1 5 101 13 5 0 0 2 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 100%
1950 BSN NL 35 2836 4.02 4.55 54 94% 0 0 354 30 1 23 300 36 9 0 0 4 10 1 4 5 2 8 0 1 1 3 100%
1950 CIN NL 35 395 6.75 6.96 6 100% 0 0 63 6 2 1 54 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1951 BSN NL 36 3191 3.97 4.62 57 100% 0 0 367 26 4 33 304 55 12 1 0 9 8 2 5 1 0 9 0 3 5 4 100%
1952 BSN NL 37 3147 3.77 4.20 58 93% 0 0 412 39 2 17 354 52 6 2 0 11 8 2 4 2 0 8 1 0 2 8 88%
1953 MLN NL 38 852 3.63 4.18 12 83% 0 0 122 8 0 5 109 4 1 0 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0%
1954 CHC NL 39 1280 5.29 5.85 19 100% 0 0 158 13 2 2 141 23 7 0 0 6 3 1 1 1 0 4 0 2 2 2 100%
1954 PIT NL 39 41 5.00 6.00 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 CHC NL 40 755 4.47 4.84 14 100% 0 0 76 9 0 3 64 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1956 STL NL 41 481 4.42 4.74 6 100% 0 0 57 6 0 1 50 3 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
1957 STL NL 42 442 4.16 4.69 5 80% 0 0 62 3 0 0 58 4 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 Seasons 27021 3.94 4.46 512 95% 1 0 3275 336 25 169 2744 334 76 4 0 53 72 9 35 28 6 55 1 12 21 38 92%
MLB Averages 3.97 4.51 96% 86%
Lg PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1941 STL NL 26 0 0 156 3 6 6 67% 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 6 1.46 0.81
1942 STL NL 27 2 1 335 5 4 4 44% 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 10 7 1.56 0.77
1943 STL NL 28 5 4 480 7 5 5 42% 4 3 3 1 0 1 2 0 18 11 1.39 1.05
1944 STL NL 29 0 5 431 7 2 2 22% 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 20 4 1.24 0.96
1946 NYG NL 31 0 4 284 9 5 5 36% 6 4 2 1 1 0 1 1 19 6 1.68 1.50
1947 NYG NL 32 4 24 1528 19 13 10 41% 17 11 1 1 1 1 1 0 64 13 1.08 0.95
1948 NYG NL 33 4 11 701 16 10 9 38% 12 8 3 1 1 1 0 0 40 12 1.13 1.21
1949 CIN NL 34 8 9 967 15 19 18 56% 12 17 1 1 2 1 0 0 46 24 1.45 1.30
1949 NYG NL 34 4 14 445 12 4 4 25% 11 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 38 9 1.14 0.98
1950 BSN NL 35 4 13 1099 24 22 20 48% 21 20 3 2 0 0 0 0 68 27 1.17 1.61
1950 CIN NL 35 1 1 148 1 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 1.42 0.25
1951 BSN NL 36 8 17 1332 27 26 24 49% 23 23 2 0 2 3 1 0 73 35 1.35 1.07
1952 BSN NL 37 6 13 1253 18 23 23 56% 16 19 2 2 0 2 3 0 51 36 1.18 1.12
1953 MLN NL 38 0 3 321 7 1 1 13% 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 1.39 0.60
1954 CHC NL 39 3 11 506 16 8 8 33% 13 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 38 10 1.62 0.95
1954 PIT NL 39 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1955 CHC NL 40 1 2 284 8 4 3 33% 7 3 1 1 0 0 1 0 12 7 1.21 1.60
1956 STL NL 41 2 9 174 5 0 0 0% 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 2 1.80
1957 STL NL 42 1 4 178 2 1 1 33% 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 1 1.79 1.32
16 Seasons 53 145 10637 201 154 144 43% 171 130 23 15 7 9 11 1 551 214 1.32 1.17
MLB Averages 45% 1.19 1.17
Lg PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1968 BBWAA ( 2.8%)
1969 BBWAA ( 1.5%)
1970 BBWAA ( 3.0%)
1971 BBWAA ( 1.9%)
1972 BBWAA ( 2.0%)
1973 BBWAA ( 2.1%)
1974 BBWAA ( 2.5%)
1975 BBWAA ( 3.6%)
1976 BBWAA (14.4%)
1977 BBWAA (11.7%)

All-Star Games
1942 (C)
1943 (C)
1944 (C)
1946 (C)
1947 (C)
1948 (C)
1949
1950

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1942 NL (11, 8%)
1943 NL (2, 56%)
1944 NL (8, 21%)
1947 NL (18, 6%)
1952 NL (40, 0%)
0.92 Career Shares (278th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
1942 NL  115 (3rd)
1943 NL  112 (4th)
1944 NL  97 (5th)
1947 NL  132 (1st)
1949 NL  117 (2nd)
1950 NL  101 (5th)
1951 NL  90 (5th)
Career  1,223 (70th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
1942 NL  519 (2nd)
1943 NL  504 (2nd)
1944 NL  442 (3rd)
1947 NL  561 (2nd)
1949 NL  464 (2nd)
1950 NL  448 (5th)
1951 NL  367 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
1942 NL  62 (2nd)
1943 NL  49 (4th)
1949 NL  61 (1st)
1950 NL  54 (3rd)
1951 NL  57 (4th)
1952 NL  55 (4th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
1941 NL  10 (2nd)
1942 NL  17 (1st)
1943 NL  14 (1st)
1944 NL  10 (4th)
1946 NL  9 (4th)
1947 NL  13 (1st)
1949 NL  11 (2nd)
1950 NL  14 (2nd)
1951 NL  8 (4th)
Career  138 (90th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
1941 NL  11 (3rd)
1944 NL  7 (3rd)
1947 NL  8 (2nd)
1949 NL  5 (4th)
1950 NL  9 (4th)
1951 NL  9 (4th)
1952 NL  8 (3rd)
Career  80 (94th)

Passed Balls s c a p y
1942 NL  8 (3rd)
1943 NL  9 (1st)
1949 NL  15 (1st)
1950 NL  6 (4th)
1951 NL  8 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
1946 NL  25 (4th)
1949 NL  30 (1st)
1950 NL  30 (3rd)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
1942 NL  30 (2nd)
1943 NL  20 (5th)
1949 NL  26 (2nd)
1950 NL  23 (4th)
1951 NL  26 (3rd)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
1941 NL  51.4 (5th)
1942 NL  57.7 (2nd)
1943 NL  47.6 (4th)
1947 NL  47.7 (4th)
1949 NL  46.4 (5th)
1950 NL  43.4 (4th)
1951 NL  49.1 (4th)
1952 NL  53.3 (3rd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
1950 NL  5.42 (5th)
1952 NL  5.64 (4th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
1942 NL  5.05 (1st)
1943 NL  4.94 (1st)
1944 NL  4.97 (2nd)
1947 NL  4.64 (4th)
1949 NL  4.49 (5th)
1950 NL  4.97 (3rd)
1952 NL  5.30 (2nd)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
1944 NL  .980 (4th)
1948 NL  .979 (5th)
1952 NL  .983 (3rd)

Oldest s c a p y
1951 NL  born 1915-01-08 (9th)
1952 NL  born 1915-01-08 (5th)
1953 NL  born 1915-01-08 (4th)
1954 NL  born 1915-01-08 (2nd)
1955 NL  born 1915-01-08 (1st)
1956 NL  born 1915-01-08 (2nd)
1957 NL  born 1915-01-08 (1st)

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