Andy Cooper

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Andrew Lewis Cooper
(Lefty)

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 220 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2006

Biographical Information[edit]

Andrew Lewis Cooper, nicknamed "Lefty", was a left-handed pitcher in the Negro Leagues. Born in Waco, TX, he played primarily for the Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs. He holds the Negro Leagues career record for saves (29).

Cooper pitched for the Stars in 1920-1927 before he was traded to the Kansas City Monarchs for five players in 1928. He posted a 116-57 record, good for a .671 winning percentage. He often pitched three games in a five-game series, starting two and relieving another.

He returned to Detroit for one season in 1930, and pitched the remainder of his career for the Monarchs, much of it during their barnstorming non-league years. He later managed the Monarchs, taking over from Bullet Rogan, and managed the team to consecutive titles in the Negro American League in 1937, 1938, 1939, and 1940. In 1941, he became ill and stepped down as manager, turning the reins over to Newt Allen, and remained in his hometown of Waco, hoping to recover his health. His health worsened, however, and he died on June 3, 1941 at age 43. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in February, 2006, voted in by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.

Some sources list him as the brother of Negro leagues pitcher/outfielder Daltie Cooper but this is not apparently the case?

Negro Leagues Career Statistics[edit]

Year Team League W L SV Pct G GS CG ShO IP H R ER BB SO ERA
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1920 Detroit Stars NNL 1 1 1 .500 8 3 1 0 37 30 18 18 13 9 4.38
1921 Detroit Stars NNL 3 5 1 .375 19 13 7 2 102 116 64 39 12 24 3.44
1922 Detroit Stars NNL 8 3 0 .727 17 15 11 1 116 112 57 37 16 45 2.87
1923 Detroit Stars NNL 15 7 6 .682 36 19 12 1 183.3 168 99 80 44 68 3.93
1924 Detroit Stars NNL 11 6 4 .647 30 15 7 1 152.3 151 75 57 31 76 3.37
1925 Detroit Stars NNL 11 2 4 .846 29 13 8 1 141 125 53 44 25 47 2.81
1926 Detroit Stars NNL 13 9 3 .591 36 23 12 1 184 189 85 68 34 59 3.33
1927 Detroit Stars NNL 4 1 1 .800 8 6 3 0 49 58 28 21 4 21 3.86
1928 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 11 6 1 .647 21 15 9 2 126 119 58 40 9 48 2.86
1929 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 13 3 6 .813 15 14 11 2 148 150 63 47 20 50 2.86
1930 Detroit Stars NNL 13 6 2 .684 25 19 15 2 164 176 96 62 8 43 3.40
1931 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 1 2 0 .333 3 3 1 0 20.3 17 17 12 8 6 5.31
1932 Kansas City Monarchs no records
1933 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 3 1 0 .750 4 2 2 0 25 25 7 6 2 13 2.16
1934 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 0 2 0 .000 2 1 1 0 10 11 5 3 3 3 2.70
1935 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 1 0 0 1.000 4 1 1 0 18.7 22 12 10 0 2 4.82
1936 Kansas City Monarchs unaffiliated 0 0 0 --- 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
1937 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 4 2 0 .667 8 7 5 0 67.7 49 19 16 8 39 2.13
1938 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 2 0 0 1.000 4 3 2 0 24.3 22 12 9 6 13 3.33
1939 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 2 1 0 .667 3 3 2 0 23 23 7 5 1 12 1.96
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Totals 19 seasons 116 57 29 .671 284 175 110 14 1592.7 1564 775 574 244 578 3.24
seasonal 5.47 21 10 5 52 32 20 3 291.3 286 142 105 45 106 3.24

Source: Committee on African-American Baseball

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