Walker Cooper - 1951 Bowman

William Walker Cooper (1915-1991) was known as one of the top catchers in Major League Baseball during the 1940s and early 1950s. Cooper signed with the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1935, and spent eight years (1940-1945, 1956-1957) with the team … beginning and ending his career in the Lou. Helping guide pitcher Lon Warneke to a 1941 no-hitter, “Walk” batted .281 in 1942 and finished among the National League’s top ten players in slugging (.434), doubles (32), and triples (7). The 1942 season also marked his first of eight All-Star Game selections (1942-1944, 1946-1949, 1950). After missing much of the 1945 season to service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, a salary dispute led to the sale of his contract to the New York Giants (1946-1949). Cooper enjoyed his most productive season at the plate in 1947, hitting .305 and compiling career highs in home runs (35), RBI (122), runs (79), hits (157) triples (8) and games played (140). Cooper also homered in six consecutive games that year, tying a 1924 record set by George Kelly. Following a trade to the Cincinnati Reds (1949-1950), Walker made baseball history in 1949 when he became the only catcher (and one of only eleven players) to have hit 10 or more RBI in a single game. He again history following a trade to the Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1950-1953) when he caught Vern Bickford’s 1950 no-hitter. Walker’s playing days included stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1954) and Chicago Cubs (1954-1955). A two-time World Series champion (1942, 1944), Walk retired ranking among the top five National League catchers in career batting average (.285), slugging average (.464), home runs (173), and RBI (812). His older brother, Mort Cooper, also was a big league pitcher during the late 1930s and 1940s.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
2 MINT 9
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
3 NM-MT+ 8.5
4 NM-MT 8 (40)

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