Don Cooper

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Don Cooper
Don Cooper 2011.jpg
Cooper with the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards on August 9, 2011.
Pitcher / Pitching coach
Born: (1956-01-15) January 15, 1956 (age 67)
New York, New York, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 1981, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
June 2, 1985, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Win–loss record1–6
Earned run average5.27
As player

As coach

As manager

Career highlights and awards

Donald James Cooper (born January 15, 1956) is an American former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who spent parts of four seasons with the Minnesota Twins (19811982), Toronto Blue Jays (1983) and New York Yankees (1985). He was the pitching coach for the Chicago White Sox from July 22, 2002, until the end of the 2020 season.[1] Under his tutelage, both Mark Buehrle and Philip Humber pitched perfect games (with the former also getting a no-hitter), Lucas Giolito pitched a no-hitter, and the White Sox won the 2005 World Series. On October 12, 2020, Cooper and the White Sox parted ways after 32 seasons with the organization at various levels.[2]

Early life[edit]

Cooper attended Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School (class of 1974) and the New York Institute of Technology on a college baseball and basketball scholarship.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Cooper with the Nashville Sounds in 1980

Cooper was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 17th round (442nd overall) of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft.[4] After the 1980 season, he was selected by the Minnesota Twins from the Yankees in the Rule 5 draft.[citation needed]

Cooper played for the Twins in 1981 and 1982, before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for Dave Baker on December 10, 1982.[5] On March 13, 1984, Cooper was traded to the Yankees for outfielder Derwin McNealy.[6]

Cooper signed with the Oakland Athletics for the 1986 season, appearing only in the minor leagues. In 44 MLB games (three starts) spread over four seasons, Cooper compiled a 1–6 record with a 5.27 ERA.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Cooper had worked in the White Sox organization since 1988, when he served as a minor league pitching coach for the Single-A South Bend Silver Hawks. He also served as pitching coach for the Single-A Advanced Sarasota White Sox from 1989 through 1991 and the Double-A Birmingham Barons in 1992. He became the White Sox minor league pitching coordinator from 1993 through 2002, aside from serving as pitching coach for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds in 1995 and 1996.

Cooper became the White Sox pitching coach in July 2002, replacing Nardi Contreras.[1][7] With the departure of Ozzie Guillén on September 26, 2011, and Joey Cora on September 27, 2011, Cooper became the 38th manager of the White Sox, filling the role for the final two games of the 2011 season before yielding the position to Robin Ventura.[8]

Cooper was one of the longest tenured pitching coaches in MLB. He told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2018, "I love being part of young people’s lives helping them achieve the dreams they’re dreaming about. That’s what I’m into.’’[9]

Cooper, along with White Sox manager Rick Renteria, were fired on October 12, 2020, after an early playoff exit in the American League Wild Card Series against the Oakland Athletics.[2]

Cooper and his wife have a son and two daughters. They make their home in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Managerial record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
CWS 2011 2 1 1 .500 3rd in AL Central
Total 2 1 1 .500 0 0


  1. ^ a b Sullivan, Paul (July 23, 2002). "'Bitter' Contreras is out". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Van Schouwen, Daryl (October 12, 2020). "White Sox fire manager Rick Renteria and pitching coach Don Cooper". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  3. ^ Vaccaro, Chris (March 14, 2019). "Don Cooper '74". Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School. Retrieved September 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "17th Round of the 1978 MLB June Amateur Draft". Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Don Cooper Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Rookie Status & More". Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  6. ^ Gross, Jane (March 14, 1984). "SHIRLEY IMPRESSING YANKEES". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "White Sox can Contreras". Telegraph Herald. July 23, 2002. Retrieved August 28, 2012 – via Google News.
  8. ^ "Cooper is White Sox interim manager; Cora out". ESPN. September 27, 2011. Retrieved September 27, 2011.
  9. ^ Van Schouwen, Daryl (February 27, 2018). "White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper hasn't lost zeal for job". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 15, 2018.

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Sporting positions
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