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Former Manager of the Houston Astros

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Cecil Cooper Biography

Cecil Cooper was born December 20, 1949 in Brenham, Texas and is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball and the former manager of the Houston Astros. From 1971 through 1987, Cooper played for the Boston Red Sox (197176) and Milwaukee Brewers (197787). He batted and threw left-handed.

In a 17-season career, Cooper posted a .298 batting average with 241 home runs and 1125 runs batted in in 1896 games. He was #17 with the Boston Red Sox.

Cooper was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1968 draft and made his major league debut with the Red Sox in 1972. Before the 1977 season, he was sent to the Milwaukee Brewers in the same trade that brought George Scott back to Boston.

A five-time All-Star, Cooper hit .300 or more from 1977 to 1983. His most productive season came in 1980, when he hit a career-high .352 (finishing second in the American League behind batting champion George Brett's .390 average) of the Kansas City Royals, and he also led the league in RBI (122) and total bases (335).

In 1983 Cooper hit .307 with 30 home runs and a league-leading and career-high 126 RBI. He also posted three seasons with 200-plus hits, in 1980, 1982 and 1983, finished fifth in the AL MVP vote, and was named the Brewers' team MVP in three seasons (1980, 1982-83). An excellent defensive first baseman, he was a two-time Gold Glove winner (1979-80); he also won the Silver Slugger Award in three straight years (1980-82).

On August 27, 2007, he was named the interim manager of the Astros following the firing of Phil Garner, making him the first African American field manager in Astros' history. Cooper's previous managerial experience was at Class AAA Indianapolis, the Milwaukee Brewers' top farm club. Cooper had a record of 130-156, finishing fourth in 2003 and third in 2004. On September 28, 2007, Cooper's interim tag was dropped and he became the Astros' 16th manager. Cooper was released as Astros manager on September 21, 2009.



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