Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006
A 6-foot-2 Texan, Andy Cooper is often ranked second only to Bill Foster among Negro league left-handed pitchers. Utilizing a wide array of pitches, sharp control and sly changes of speed, he established his reputation with the Detroit Stars from 1920-27. Cooper then joined the Kansas City Monarchs, who traded five players to get him. A consistent winner, proving victorious in twice as many games as he lost with both the Stars and the Monarchs, Cooper helped pitch Kansas City to the Negro National League pennant in 1929. He managed the Monarchs to three other league titles between 1937-40, and in in the twilight of his lengthy career, the southpaw pitched 17 innings in a 1937 playoff game against the Chicago American Giants.
On December 6, 1960, the American League awards an expansion franchise to a group headed by movie legend Gene Autry and former football star Bob Reynolds. The newly created Los Angeles Angels will begin play in 1961.