We remember Cecil Cooper, who was born in Texas on this day in 1949.
"Coop" broke with the Red Sox in 1971 and was traded to Milwaukee in 1976. He had his biggest seasons with the Brewers, including a huge hit in the 1982 ALCS against the Angels:
In a gesture reminiscent of former teammate Carlton Fisk, who waved his arms to keep the ball fair in Game Six of the '75 Series, Cooper motioned for the ball to get down. "I remember thinking, 'Get down ball, get down.' The crowd was so loud I couldn't really hear myself saying anything, but I just wanted to keep waving so that ball would fall in there.”
Overall, he hit .298 with 241 HR, 1,124 RBI and 2,192 hits in 1,896 games. He hit .303 in 11 seasons with Milwaukee and won Gold Gloves in 1979 & 1980.
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