Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Wilbur Cooper Newsbeat

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-4-2014

Toledo News-Bee, November 4, 1914:

Wilbur Cooper, pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates, was thrown from his horse [in McConnelsville, Ohio] Tuesday, breaking his right shoulder.

Cooper was a lefty, so at least it wasn’t his pitching shoulder. Wilbur had his worst season in 1915, going 5-16 with an ERA+ of 82 in 185.2 innings. His FIP was roughly the same in 1915 as it was in 1914, so it may have been bad luck. It may also have been a guy giving up more line drives and hard-hit balls because he wasn’t completely healthy.

Anyway, Cooper was a hell of a pitcher and would have been at least a borderline HOF candidate if you removed that (possibly injury-ruined) 1915 season from his stats and doubled 1916. He won 216 games for mostly mediocre teams, put up an ERA+ of 116, won 20 games four times, led the league in wins and shutouts. I’m not saying he deserves to be a Hall of Famer, even in the hypothetical “no broken shoulder” universe, but he’d be living in the Greater Red Faber Metro Area.

Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: November 04, 2014 at 08:52 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, wilbur cooper

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam M
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogAn Audience With the ‘Sports Pope’ at FrancesaCon
(9 - 10:25pm, Jan 26)
Last: Win Big Stein's Money

NewsblogBeyond the Box Score's rankings of the best players for 2015: 45-11 - Beyond the Box Score
(9 - 10:23pm, Jan 26)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogPitchfork: Jack White Gets His Own Baseball Card
(125 - 10:21pm, Jan 26)
Last: Rickey! trades in sheep and threats

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - January 2015
(1479 - 10:10pm, Jan 26)
Last: Into the Void

NewsblogYanks to contest 'milestone HR'
(40 - 10:04pm, Jan 26)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(418 - 9:58pm, Jan 26)
Last: Chokeland Bill

NewsblogIN PURSUIT OF PENNANTS #15 — Walt Jocketty
(12 - 9:45pm, Jan 26)
Last: Ziggy

NewsblogOT: NFL/NHL thread
(11638 - 9:43pm, Jan 26)
Last: Nasty Nate

NewsblogMariners notebook: Zduriencik says `no favorite right now’ in spring shortstop battle between Miller and Taylor | Mariners Insider - The News Tribune
(4 - 9:40pm, Jan 26)
Last: bookbook

NewsblogOT - Politics January 2015 - Mario Cuomo, New York Governor and Minor League Ballplayer, Dies at 82
(3692 - 9:18pm, Jan 26)
Last: Mefisto

NewsblogBring Back Selig - New Commissioner Manfred is a Moron - Halos Heaven
(274 - 8:51pm, Jan 26)
Last: Monty

Hall of MeritWally Schang
(4 - 8:49pm, Jan 26)
Last: Kiko Sakata

NewsblogBlue Jays end negotiations for Orioles' Duquette - Sportsnet.ca
(23 - 8:05pm, Jan 26)
Last: Boileryard

NewsblogNew MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's top five priorities - ESPN
(29 - 7:48pm, Jan 26)
Last: Bourbon Samurai

NewsblogOT: The NHL is finally back thread, part 2
(1007 - 7:18pm, Jan 26)
Last: Win Big Stein's Money

Page rendered in 1.3574 seconds
47 querie(s) executed