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82. Wilbur Cooper
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 24, 1892 in Bearsville, WV USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: L
  • Debut: August 29, 1912
  • Final Game: July 21, 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1917
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1921
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1922
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
 
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Although Wilbur Cooper is considered one of the best pitchers in the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it was so long ago, his legacy is often forgotten. From 1917 to 1924, Cooper was at his best and was in the top ten regularly in virtually every pitching category in the National League. He was the first left hander in the NL to hit 200 wins, but his overall total in that department did not exceed much more than that. Advanced metrics have given Cooper a bit more of a look again, but at the very least he should be remembered with greater fondness in the Steel City than he is currently. Had he played for a World Series team, he probably would be.
 

Should Wilbur Cooper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 45.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 27.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Bearsville, West Virginia, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Most Wins (1) (NL) (1921)
    Most Innings Pitched (1) (NL) (1921)
    Most Complete Games (2) (NL) (1919 & 1922)
    Most Shutouts (1) (NL) (1924)
    Highest WAR for Pitchers (1) (NL) (1922)
  • Other Points of Note: 6 Top Ten Finishes (Earned Run Average)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    4 Top Ten Finsihes (WHIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    5 Top Ten Finsihes (FIP)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Pitchers)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 52.  Complete Games: 279
    71.  Shutouts: 35
    73.  Innings Pitched: 3,480
    85.  Wins: 216
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1938: 0.4
    1939: 0.4
    1948: 1.7
    1949: 2.6
    1951: 0.4
    1952: 0.9
    1953: 3.4
    1954: 2.8
    1955: 4.4
  • Should be Inducted As A: Pittsburgh Pirate

Should Wilbur Cooper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 45.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 18.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 27.3%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 9.1%

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