Wednesday, May 7, 2014

#290 - Cecil Cooper

What a card: Cecil Cooper had a down year -- for him -- in 1984, batting below .300 for the first time since 1976. He would bounce back for the Brewers in 1985.

My observation on the front: Cooper looks rather unorthodox on his follow through. But that's because Cooper featured an odd, open batting stance, which was modeled after Rod Carew's.

More opinion from me: Cooper was a childhood favorite of mine going back to his Red Sox days in the mid-1970s. I associate him with that youthful time and it's kind of hard for me to see Cooper as older and wearing glasses.

Something you might know: Cooper received his big chance when he was traded from the Red Sox to the Brewers in the deal for George Scott. A regular at last, Cooper produced consistently at a high level and is most remembered for his 1980 season when he hit .352 to finish second in the American League to George Brett's .390.

Something you might not know: Cooper was a St. Louis Cardinal, but for only a brief time. The Cardinals claimed him in the Rule 5 draft and he appeared in spring training for St. Louis in 1971. But the Red Sox claimed him back the day the season began.

My observation on the back: Cooper and his wife would go on to have two more daughters, Brittany and Tori.

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