Today In Brewer History: Cooper reaches 1K

The Brewer first baseman's lone hit 31 years ago today was a significant one.

On this day in 1982 the Brewers allowed a single run in the ninth en route to a 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays at County Stadium. The Brewers' two runs in the game scored on Robin Yount and Gorman Thomas' solo home runs, but neither of those hits were the day's historic event.

Cecil Cooper went 1-for-4 on this day, singling in the bottom of the sixth inning. The hit was his 1000th as a Brewer, making him the fastest player in franchise history to reach that mark. He reached the mark in 785 games, putting him 20 ahead of Ryan Braun's pace:

Hitter Games to 1000 hits
Cecil Cooper 785
Ryan Braun 815
Paul Molitor 835
Robin Yount 948
Don Money 961

Cooper, of course, was far from done. By the time he retired following the 1987 season he had 2192 hits, including 1815 for Milwaukee.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

Today is also the second anniversary of the Brewers turning a 4-6-3-2 triple play against the Dodgers in 2011 and the 44th anniversary of Billy Williams debuting for the Seattle Pilots and becoming the oldest player in franchise history to make his MLB debut. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.

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