Although he cracked 12 consecutive hits for Milwaukee of the American Association
in 1923, the slick-fielding Cooney had trouble holding a ML job because of his weak
bat. He made an unassisted triple play on May 30, 1927
, for the Cubs against the
Pirates. In the fourth inning he caught Paul Waner
's liner, stepped on second to
double Lloyd Waner
, and tagged Clyde Barnhart
coming down from first. He was the
son of Jimmy Cooney Sr.
, an 1890s NL shortstop, and his younger brother Johnny Cooney
was a outfielder/pitcher for 20 years.