Mort Cooper

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Mort Cooper
Mort Cooper Cardinals.jpg
Pitcher
Born: (1913-03-02)March 2, 1913
Atherton, Missouri
Died: November 17, 1958(1958-11-17) (aged 45)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 14, 1938 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 7, 1949 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Win–loss record 128–75
Earned run average 2.97
Strikeouts 913
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Morton Cecil Cooper (March 2, 1913 – November 17, 1958) was an American baseball pitcher who played eleven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Braves, New York Giants and Chicago Cubs from 1938 to 1949. He batted and threw right-handed and was listed at 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg).

Cooper signed for the St. Louis Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1933 and played for seven of their minor league affiliates until 1938, when the Cardinals promoted him to the major leagues. After spending eight seasons with the organization, Cooper was traded in the middle of 1945 to the Boston Braves, where he spent the next two seasons. He was dealt to the New York Giants in 1947 and subsequently played for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he played his last game on May 7, 1949. He is most famous for winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1942.

Biography[edit]

Cooper in 1940

Cooper was born in Atherton, Missouri, and after debuting with the Cardinals in 1938, had a 12–6 record as a 1939 rookie. He was 24–21 over the next two seasons before hitting his stride, helping the team to World Series titles in both 1942 and 1944. At the start of the 1945 season, both Mort and his brother Walker staged contract holdouts, demanding that the Cardinals raise their salaries to $15,000 each.[1] Subsequently, Mort was traded that May to the Boston Braves after only three starts; bothered by longtime elbow problems, he ended the year only 9–4. After a 13–11 season in 1946, he began 1947 at 2–5 and was traded to the New York Giants in June. He was 1–5 for the Giants over the rest of the season, and was released in July 1948 after not pitching all year due to arm trouble. He ended his career with a single 1949 relief appearance for the Chicago Cubs in which he failed to record an out.[2] He retired with a record of 128–75, a 2.97 ERA, 913 strikeouts, and 33 shutouts in 184023 innings. He was selected to the NL All-Star team four times (1942, 1943, 1945, 1946).

Personal[edit]

His brother Walker was an NL catcher and his teammate for several seasons. He was married to Bernadine, who filed for divorce in 1945. Together, they had one son, Lonnie.[3]

Cooper died of a lung condition at age 45 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cooper Brothers Holding Out for $15,000 in 1945". Lawrence Journal-World. Associated Press. April 16, 1945. p. 6. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mort Cooper Released". Pittsburgh Post Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA). 10 May 1949. p. 14. 
  3. ^ "Mort Cooper's Wife Will Divorce Pitcher". St. Petersburg Times. November 8, 1945. p. 12. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 

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