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Cecil Cooper

Cecil Cooper

Position(s):
1B, DH
Born:
December 20, 1949
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
165 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-08-1971 with BOS
Allstar Selections:
1979 GG, 1980 GG, 1980 SS, 1981 SS, 1982 SS, 1983 RC

Cecil Cooper

Cecil Cooper

Some adjustments to his batting stance helped Cecil Cooper transform himself into one of the better hitters in the American League in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. After he adopted a style similar to that of Rod Carew, Cooper strung together seven straight .300 seasons. But unlike Carew, Cooper displayed power, launching as many as 32 homers out of the park. Unfortunately, he had his finest seasons in the shadows of George Brett and teammates Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. He led the league in RBI twice and earned a pair of Gold Gloves, as well.
Career Batting Stats
G AB H R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OBP OPS OPS+
1896 7349 2192 1012 241 1125 89 .298 .466 .337 .803 112.0

Quotes About Cecil Cooper

"He's one of the finest gentlemen I've ever known. I loved having him as a player." — Bud Selig, on Cecil Cooper

Best Season: 1980
Had it not been for George Brett, Cooper would have easily won the batting title and probably been better recognized for a super season. He hit .352 (well below Brett's .390), good for second in the league, and led the loop in RBI and total bases. He also garnered a Gold Glove Award for his play at first base.

 

Players Who Hit Three Homers in One Game, and Last Homer was a Game-Ender
05/30/1958: Walt Moryn, Cubs
06/26/1958: Hector Lopez, A's
04/21/1959: Don Demeter, Dodgers
07/27/1979: Cecil Cooper, Brewers
05/04/1980: Otto Velez, Jays
07/31/1991: Jack Clark, Red Sox
04/15/2001: Todd Hollandsworth, Rockies
04/16/2006: Albert Pujols, Cardinals

Source: David Vincent, SABR Home Run Expert

 

Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1971
Chris Speier
Chris Chambliss
Ron Cey
George Hendrick
Dave Kingman
Jon Matlack
Doyle Alexander
Cecil Cooper
Darrell Porter

Similar Players
Rod Carew, Don Mattingly

 

Related Players
Rod Carew

 

Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1993 BBWAA 0 %

Post-Season Appearances
1975 American League Championship Series
1975 World Series
1981 American League Division Playoffs
1982 American League Championship Series
1982 World Series

 

Awards and Honors
1979 AL Gold Glove
1980 AL Gold Glove

 

Batting Feats

  • July 27, 1979: 3 HR...

Hitting Streaks
22 games (1980)
16 games (1979)
16 games (1980)
15 games (1980)

All-Star Selections
1979 AL
1980 AL
1982 AL
1983 AL
1985 AL

Replaced
George Scott

Replaced By
Greg Brock

Best Strength as a Player
Hitting

Largest Weakness as a Player
Speed

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