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Cooper as coach for the Houston Astros in 2007
|First baseman / Manager|
Born: December 20, 1949|
|September 8, 1971 for the Boston Red Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|July 12, 1987 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Runs batted in||1,125|
Career highlights and awards
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Cooper was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the
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A five-time All-Star, Cooper hit .300 or more from
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In 1983 Cooper hit .307 with 30 home runs and a league-leading and career-high 126 RBIs. He also posted three seasons with 200-plus hits, in 1980,
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Cooper concluded his Major League career with 11 seasons as a Brewer, including an appearance in the 1982 World Series. Cooper holds the Milwaukee franchise records for hits (219 in 1980). Cooper held the team record for RBIs in a season with 126 until Prince Fielder broke that record on September 19, 2009 against the Houston Astros, who Cooper was managing at the time. Through 2011 he was one of three Brewers who have had four 100-RBI seasons, along with Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun.
In 1983 he was honored with the Roberto Clemente Award, and in 2002 he was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame.
Following the conclusion of his playing career, he worked in several capacities in the Brewers organization. He was named bench coach for Milwaukee in
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On August 27,
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Cooper was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
He lives now in Katy, TX with his wife Octavia and daughter Tori. He has two other grown daughters, Kelly and Brittany.
Updated Through September 9, 2008
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|HOU||2007||15||16||.484||4th in NL Central||–||–||–|
|2008||86||75||.534||3rd in NL Central||–||–||–||–|
|2009||70||79||.470||4th in NL Central||–||–||–||Fired|
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