We are just 85 days away from the opening pitch on opening day. To celebrate being one step oh so closer to opening day Reviewing the Brew is taking a look at Cecil Coopers 85th career home run.
Cooper spent 11 seasons playing for Milwaukee, where he was a five time all-star, hit for .300 from 1977 to 1983, and is known for games like Game 5 of the ’82 ACLS where he hit a two-out two-run single to give the Brewers the lead. His best season by far was 1980 where he hit a career high .352, led the league in RBI’s (122) and total bases (335).
In 1979 The Brewers finished second in the AL East with 95 wins and 66 losses, it wasn’t really a memorable season (like ’82, ’85, or ‘08), but those who were alive did get to witness another spectacular season of Cecil Cooper, although that was outshined by Gorman Thomas producing a 45 home run, 123 RBI, 97 runs scored, 136 hits, 29 doubles, 98 walks, a .356 OBP, 300 total bases, .359 slugging average and a .895 OPS.
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However, on a Sunday in mid-July, Brewers fans got to witness Cecil hit his 85th career home run at Cleveland Stadium. Charlie Moore started off the 4th with a groundout to the SS, followed by Paul Molitor being walked. This brought up Don Money who safely made it to first on a fielder’s choice put-out. This brought up Cecil Cooper, already the Brewers lead 7-2, and Cooper hit a 2 shot homer off of Indian’s Mike Paxton giving the Brewers a 9-2 lead. Ultimately, the Brewers won 14-5.
Cecil Cooper is one of the many gems Brewers fans have been able to witness, home run #85 isn’t something of much significance, but Cooper brought big numbers each of the 11 years he played in Milwaukee, a treat worthy of watching and thus he made Reviewing the Brew’s countdown to Opening Day