Cal Cooper

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Cal Cooper
Pitcher
Born: (1922-08-11)August 11, 1922
Great Falls, South Carolina
Died: July 4, 1994(1994-07-04) (aged 71)
Clinton, South Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1948 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
September 14, 1948 for the Washington Senators
Career statistics
Games played 1
Innings pitched 1
Hits and runs allowed 5
Teams

Calvin Asa Cooper (August 11, 1922 – July 4, 1994), born in Great Falls, South Carolina was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Cooper played for the Washington Senators. Prior to his major league debut and exit, he attended and played for Newberry College.[1] Cooper batted and threw right-handed.

Early life[edit]

Cooper was born in 1922 in Great Falls, South Carolina, a small town in the north central portion of the state. As a young man, Cooper served in the US Navy during World War II.[2] After military service, Cooper attended Newberry College, a small Lutheran college in Newberry, South Carolina. At age 26, he was called up from the Triple-A organization of the Washington Senators to play in the majors.

Major League Baseball career[edit]

Cooper made his major league debut on September 14, 1948 with the Washington Senators. Cooper competed in one game in 1948, wearing uniform number 16.[3] His entire major league career consisted of pitching one inning, in which he surrendered 5 hits, allowing 5 runs including a home run, and walked a batter, before recording 3 outs.[1] Being his only appearance, he ended his career with his lifetime earned run average (ERA) set at 45.00.[4]

After baseball[edit]

After his single afternoon in a major league baseball uniform, Cooper returned to South Carolina where he worked as a personnel director at Clinton Mills in the town of Clinton. Cooper died on July 4, 1994, in Clinton, South Carolina. For 28 years prior to his death in 1994, Cooper served as a member of the Laurens County School Board.[2] He is buried at Pinelawn Memory Gardens in Clinton.[3]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cal Cooper at baseball-reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Biography at historicbaseball.com". Historicbaseball.com. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Statistics at baseball-almanac.com". Baseball-Almanac.com. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  4. ^ "mlb.com player profile". mlb.com. Retrieved 2008-10-21.