Carl Cooper

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Carl Eldridge Cooper

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical information[edit]

Carl Cooper was a minor league baseball outfielder and manager who played from 1937 to 1940 and from 1946 to 1950. He spent the final five years of his career as a player-manager.

Cooper spent ten seasons in the minor leagues, hitting .297 with 107 home runs in 1,112 games. He had 1,185 hits, 188 doubles and 66 triples in 3,988 at-bats.

He hit as high as .369 in a season, a feat he accomplished in his final professional year with the LaGrange Troupers. The previous year, he hit .332 with 17 home runs for the Troupers.

Cooper first managed in 1947, taking over for Ernie Jenkins of the Augusta Tigers July 26. He helped lead the team to the league finals, which the team lost. In 1948, he began as the manager of the Tigers, however was replaced by Mike Garbark May 13.

He took the helm of the LaGrange Troupers in 1949, leading them to a fourth-place finish and a berth in the playoffs - however, they lost in the first round. He then led them to two consecutive first place finishes and league championships in 1950 and 1951.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1946.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1947 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League 31-19 4th New York Yankees Lost League Finals replaced Ernie Jenkins (35-34) on July 26
1948 Augusta Tigers South Atlantic League 17-27 -- New York Yankees -- replaced by Mike Garbark (12-18) on May 26
1949 LaGrange Troupers Georgia-Alabama League 65-61 4th New York Yankees Lost in 1st round
1950 LaGrange Troupers Georgia-Alabama League 73-48 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1951 LaGrange Troupers Georgia-Alabama League 67-47 1st New York Yankees none League Champs