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Today In Brewer History: Happy Trails, Cecil Cooper

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On this day in 1987 the Brewers beat the A's 4-3 in Oakland to finish the first half of the season at 42-43. Cecil Cooper started the game at DH and went 0-for-3 with a walk in his 1896th and final major league game.

Cooper was 38 years old at the time and was clearly in the decline phase of his career. He was hitting .248/.293/.372 in his final major league season and playing exclusively at DH. He did, however, have eleven hits (including his 241st and final home run) in his final ten games.

Cooper remains among the Brewer all-time leaders in several categories:

Stat # Rank
Hits 1815 Third
Games 1490 Fourth
Runs 821 Third
Doubles 345 Third
Home Runs 201 Fifth
RBI 944 Second

Among Brewers with at least 1000 plate appearances Cooper has the Brewers' fourth best batting average (.302) and eighth best slugging (.470).

With help from Brewerfan.net, we'd like to wish a happy birthday today to Helena Brewer Martin Viramontes. He turns 23.

Today is also the anniversary of 1995 Brewer Mike Thomas' only major league appearance. We covered that event in this space last year.