Andy Cooper began his professional career with the Detroit Stars in 1920, the inaugural year of the Negro National League. He would go on to win nearly twice as many games as he lost over the course of his career. He used his varied arsenal and pitching acumen to baffle hitters, and did not count on speed. He won championships with the Kansas City Monarchs of the NNL in 1929 and again in 1939 and 1940 after KC had migrated to the Negro American League. He was also the club manager when he secured the latter two championships. He suffered a stroke during the 1941 preseason and died not long after.
Before embarking on a professional career, Cooper played baseball for Paul Quinn, an historically Black college in Dallas, TX.
January 6, 2014