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Today In Brewer History: Cecil Cooper Cools Off

On this day in 1980 over 50,000 fans crammed into County Stadium on a Saturday afternoon to watch the Brewers beat the Royals 5-2 and draw with four games of Kansas City for first place. It was a good day for Bill Travers, who pitched 8.2 innings and got the win, and Robin Yount, who went 2-for-4 and hit his tenth home run.

It was not, however, a good day for Cecil Cooper. Playing first base and batting third, Cooper went 0-for-4 with a strikeout to end his 22 game hitting streak.

Cooper had 35 hits over the 22 games and eleven of them went for extra bases, including five home runs. He posted a .372/.398/.606 line during the streak and raised his OPS for the season by over 70 points. At the time his streak was the second longest in Brewer franchise history, behind only Dave May's 24-gamer in 1973. It's still tied for fourth.

Cooper set a career high that season with 219 hits, led all of baseball with 122 RBI and 335 total bases, made an All Star appearance, won a Gold Glove and his first Silver Slugger. Cooper finished the season with a .352 batting average, but George Brett hit .390 to win the batting title.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to 1987-91 Brewer Greg Brock. He turns 55. We covered his birthday in this space last year.