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Andrew Lewis Cooper was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a lefthanded pitcher, who played and managed in the Negro Leagues from 1920 until his death in 1941, mostly for the Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs. Cooper also played baseball in California, Cuba, and the Far East. However, his life before 1920 has been little studied. Andy Cooper was born in Texas, probably in 1897. Although he was a resident of Waco and began playing baseball in northern Texas, contemporary newspaper reports document an African American pitcher from Texas named Andrew “Lefty” Cooper playing for baseball teams in Wichita, Kansas during the summers of 1917 and 1919. In addition, Andy Cooper lived in Wichita during parts of the offseason while he played in the Negro Leagues during the 1920s and 1930s. He also wrote about baseball and his extensive travels in a series of columns for a Wichita newspaper, the Negro Star. This monograph recounts Cooper’s experiences in Wichita and frames some of the questions about his early life still in need of thorough research.


Andrew Cooper, Andy Cooper, Lefty Cooper, Negro Leagues Baseball, Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs, Philadelphia Royal Giants, Wichita baseball, Tom Young, T.J. Young


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