1957 Topps #380 Walker Cooper
William Walker Cooper was born on January 8, 1915 in Atherton, Missouri. He was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1935.
Cooper served two tours with the Cardinals during his career. The first spanned from 1940-1945. During that time, he was a three-time All-Star(1942, 1943, and 1944), three-time NL Pennant winner(1942, 1943 and 1944), and two-time World Series champion (1942 and 1944). The Cardinals sold Walker to the Giants for $175,000 on January 5, 1946.
Cooper played for the Giants, Reds, Braves, Pirates, and Cubs before returning home to St. Louis in 1956. He made three more All-Star appearances with the Giants in 1946, 1947, and 1948. Walker retired from baseball after playing the 1956 and 1957 seasons with the Cardinals. He passed away on April 11, 1991 in Scottsdale, Arizona.