Richard Cooley, who has been connected with the St. Louis Club, of the National League and American Association, during the past two seasons, is a very clever all around player. During his first season with the club, when its team was in a bad way for catchers, Cooley volunteered his services, and at once showed that he was a first class man in that place, his regular position then being at third base. He proved himself a valuable man in every position to which he was assigned. He was born March 29, 1873, at Leavenworth, Kan., and descended from stock that has for many years been identified with the affairs of that State, in one way or another. Cooley received his education at Topeka, and it was while attending school there that he first became interested in the national game. It was not long, however, before he gained considerable local renown as an all around player, being a heavy and reliable batsman, clever fielder and fine base runner. His excellent work attracted the attention of the officials of the Topeka Club, who made him quite a liberal offer to play with their team during the season of 1893, which he accepted. He began that season with that club, but finished it as a member of the St. Joseph team, of the Western League. It was his excellent work with the latter that attracted the attention of the management of the St. Louis Club, and his services were secured for the Mound City organization. Cooley took part in fifty-two championship games during his season - 1984 - with the St. Louis team, and ranked well up in the official batting averages of the major league. He fully convinced President Von der Ahe that he could hold his own in the fast company that he was traveling in. During the past season he took part in one hundred and thirty-two championship games, and ranked among the leaders in the official batting averages, with a percentage of .340. This is certainly a very remarkable feat for anyone to accomplish in his second season in the major league.
-New York Clipper, October 26, 1895
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