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COOPER'S bat is a Louisville Slugger (model C169) with "W COOPER" block stamped on the barrel.

WALKER COOPER was near the end of his career when he used this bat as a Cub in a July series with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in 1955. Cooper had his most productive years as a Cardinal and Giant and was traded by the Cubs back to St. Louis in 1956 where he played out his last two seasons.


ALL-STAR: 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950.

Walk's offensive prowess was legendary during 18-year Major League career

At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Cooper was known as the strongest man in the major leagues; his arm was the most potent and accurate in baseball


WALKER HAD a .285 lifetime average, 173 home runs and 812 RBI's in 1473 games.

Walker Cooper began his Major League baseball career on September 25, 1940 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for seven different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1957.

Cooper, at 6'3" and 210 pounds, was known as the strongest man in the major leagues. He intimidated any base runner foolish enough to risk a collision with him at the plate. His arm was the strongest and most accurate in baseball. But, his good-natured personality and offensive prowess were equally legendary too. "Walk" was named to every National League all-star team from 1942-1950 including one while he was doing military duty.

After three World Series with St. Louis, Walker was sold to the Giants in 1945. The Giants paid the then-princely sum of $175,000 while Cooper was still in the Navy.

His best year was with the 1947 Giants, batting .305 with 122 RBI and contributing 35 of the club's 221 homers — a National League record. He was traded to the Reds in 1949 and then went to the Braves in 1950. He finished his 18-year career with the Pirates and Cubs — and then back with the Cardinals.

Walker had a .285 lifetime average, 173 home runs and 812 RBI's in 1,473 games. Walker and his brother, hard-throwing Mort, formed the best and most well known brother battery in baseball history.

WALKER COOPER: Did you know...

COOPER, above right, was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 25, 1940, with the St. Louis Cardinals.

...Cooper was purchased by the New York Giants from the St. Louis Cardinals in Jan. 1946.

...Cooper was traded by the New York Giants to the Cincinnati Reds for Ray Mueller in June 1949.

... Cooper was traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Boston Braves for Connie Ryan on May 10, 1950.

...Cooper was selected off waivers by the Chicago Cubs from the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 19, 1954.

...Cooper was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals on Dec. 15, 1955.

...Cooper was released by the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 15, 1955.

...Cooper was released by the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 8, 1956.

...Cooper was signed as a Free Agent with the St. Louis Cardinals on April 21, 1957.

...Cooper was released by the St. Louis Cardinals Oct. 11, 1957.

...Cooper was born Jan. 8, 1915 in Atherton, Missouri. He died April 11, 1991 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 76.

PITCHER Mort Cooper, right, and his brother, catcher Walker Cooper, are the only sibling teammates to finish among the top five in MVP voting.

WALKER COOPER had a .285 lifetime average, 173 home runs and 812 RBI's in 1473 games.