Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

Andrew (Andy) Lewis Cooper was born on this date in Waco, Texas; 1898.  Whereas many of the best hurlers in Negro League baseball had nicknames to describe the power and speed of their pitches, “Smokey”, Bullet”, “Cannonball”,  “Strong Armed”, etc.; Cooper was different.  Nicknamed “Lefty”, he threw with his left hand, Cooper used a variety of pitches (curve ball, change up, screwball) at different speeds to get batters out.   From 1920 – 1927, Cooper was the pitching ace of the Detroit Stars.  Traded to the Kansas City Monarchs in 1927, he helped them win the 1929 Negro National League pennant.   Later, with Cooper as the team’s manager, the Monarch’s won four straight Negro American League pennants (1937 – 1940).  Andy Cooper was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

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