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Wilbur Cooper from the Chronology
Jul 7, 1925 - Rabbit Maranville leads the Cubs to 10-5 win over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field with veteran Wilbur Cooper the winner over Tiny Osborne. Celebrating his first victory that evening Maranville gets into a fight with a cab driver.
May 28, 1925 - The Cubs tally 11 hits and score 12 runs in the 7th inning to break open the game and win 13-3 at Cincinnati. In the 7th Barney Friberg doubles and triples Charlie Grimm has a single and double and Arnie Statz and pitcher Wilbur Cooper each have two singles.
Oct 27, 1924 - The Cubs trade P Vic Aldridge‚ 1B George Grantham‚ and 1B Al Niehaus to Pittsburgh for 1B Charlie Grimm‚ SS Rabbit Maranville‚ and P Wilbur Cooper. Grantham will hit .300 for 6 seasons with the Bucs‚ while Grimm will play 11 seasons with Chicago‚ eventually becoming player-manager. In 1925‚ Maranville will be named a player-manager as well. Cooper‚ who has averaged 20 wins a year over the past 6 seasona‚ will drop to 12-14 with the Cubs. This past season he picked off 7 runners at 3B.
Aug 9, 1924 - At Philadelphia Pirates rookie Kiki Cuyler starts a sweep in game 1 a 16-4 win over the Phillies collecting 6 hits including 4 long hits-3 doubles and a triple. Wilbur Cooper is the easy winner. The Bucs take the second game 7-0 behind Ray Kremer.
Oct 1, 1922 - The second place Reds sweep a pair from the visiting Pirates, winning 5-4 and 5-1. Wilbur Cooper (23-14) takes the opening loss, as he’s done in by 4 unearned runs. The Reds Pat Duncan is caught stealing for the 28th time in 40 attempts.
Sep 13, 1922 - Pittsburgh sweeps a pair from the visiting Braves winning 8-1 and 6-1. Wilbur Cooper and Johnny Morrison are the winners. Joe Genewich makes his ML debut in relief for the Braves. Genewich jumped from the sandlots where he was making $5 a game pitching directly to the Braves bypassing the minors.
Jun 4, 1921 - The Pirates' Wilbur Cooper who with Burleigh Grimes will lead the NL with 22 wins loses his first after 8 straight victories. The Giants drub him 12-0. The Giants are on top but only for a few days; the Pirates will regain the lead.
Aug 19, 1918 - In the battle for 2nd place the visiting Giants split with the Pirates losing 8-1 before coming back for a 2-1 win. The Bucs rough up Red Causey for 12 hits in 6 innings in the opener while Ralph Comstock scatters 9 hits for the win. In the nitecap Fred Toney allows just 3 hits in 8 innings and 3 more in the 9th but emerges with the win over Wilbur Cooper.
Aug 1, 1918 - At Boston Pittsburgh and Boston play a ML record 20 scoreless innings; before the Pirates win 2-0 in the 21st. Max Carey drives home the deuce with a single. Art Nehf pitches all 21 innings for Boston while Wilbur Cooper toils the first 16 for Pittsburgh before Mayer takes over.
Jun 18, 1918 - Pittsburgh's Wilbur Cooper allows just one hit against the Phils but loses 1-0 on a wild pitch and an error. Milt Stock's 1st inning double turns into a run after an error and wild pitch. Brad Hogg is the winner.
Sep 1, 1917 - The Cardinals behind the pitching of Oscar Horstmann and Milt Watson win both ends of a doubleheader with Pittsburgh by 1-0 scores. Wilbur Cooper takes the loss in game one on an unearned run in the 9th. Hal Carlson loses the 2nd game. The Cards have now won three straight 1-0 games from the Pirates tying the ML mark and setting the NL mark.
Aug 27, 1917 - In the 4th inning in New York Pirates swiftie Max Carey beats out a bunt single and goes to 2B on a single by Tony Boekel. Both runners steal on the next pitch from Rube Benton and with Boekel entangled with New York 2B Buck Herzog Carey steals home as well. Wilbur Cooper makes the one run stand up for the 1-0 win. For Carey it is his 13th steal of home enroute to a NL record 33 steals of home.
May 31, 1915 - The Pirates score just one run in each game of a doubleheader but it's enough for a a.m./p.m. sweep of the first-place Cubs. Wilbur Cooper and Al Mamaux both toss 1-0 whitewashes. Jimmy Lavender loses the opener when he walks 3 in the 3rd and hits the 4th batter to force in a run. In the afternoon contest Larry Cheney allows 2 hits-both by Max Carey-but loses when Hinchman walks goes to 2nd on an out and scores on a wild pitch.
Sep 6, 1912 - In his first major league start Pittsburgh's Wilbur Cooper stops the Cardinals 8-0.