Andy Cooper

Andy Cooper

Andrew Lewis Cooper (April 24, 1898 June 3, 1941), nicknamed 'Lefty,' was an American left-handed pitcher, who hit right-handed, in baseball's Negro Leagues.

About Andy Cooper

Andrew Lewis Cooper (April 24, 1898 June 3, 1941), nicknamed 'Lefty,' was an American left-handed pitcher, who hit right-handed, in baseball's Negro Leagues. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Cooper, who was born in Waco, Texas, played nine seasons for the Detroit Stars and ten seasons for the Kansas City Monarchs. He also managed the Monarchs from 1937 to 1940, winning the pennant three times. He holds the Negro League career record for saves (29). The Texan was 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall and weighed 220 lbs. Cooper pitched for the Detroit Stars in 1920-27 before he was traded to the Kansas City Monarchs for five players in 1928. He posted a 11657 record, good for a .671 winning percentage and went 7230 over a six-year span. One of his best years was 1936, when he went 278 against all levels of competition. He often pitched three games in a five-game series, starting two and relieving another. Cooper's equivalent record per season is 168.

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