Andy Cooper played over 20 seasons in the Negro Leagues, beginning in 1920 with the Detroit Stars and ending as a player/manager for the Kansas City Monarchs in 1941.
Cooper was a big left handed pitcher, standing 6’ 2”, and is considered to be one of the top 3 lefties in Negro League history. He helped lead the Kansas City Monarchs to the 1929 Negro National league pennant, pitching as both a starter and reliever, while compiling a 13-3 record. Cooper is considered the all time saves leader in the Negro Leagues with 29.
As a player/manager he lead the Kansas City Monarchs to 3 Negro American League pennants in 1937, 1939 and 1940. He suffered a stroke during the 1941 season, and died of a severe heart attack on June 3rd at the age of 43.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.