1905 Photo Half-length portrait of Duff Cooley, outfielder for the American League Detroit Tigers, standing outdoors in Chicago, Illinois. SDN-003087, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.
An all-around athlete during baseball’s dead ball era, Duff Cooley, of Leavenworth Texas, joined the St Louis Cardinals at age 20 in 1893, and hit .346 in 29 games, including six straight hits on September 30 1893. Baseball purists reminisce about this era when the focus was on the infield, and Duff Cooley was one of the finest infield slap hitters and base runners. From 1894 thru 1898 he hit over .296, including .339 in 132 games in 1895 with St Louis.
Notes: Duff Cooley had 1,268 singles in his 1,576 career hits. In 1904 Duff Cooley played in the outfield alongside a rookie by the name of Ty Cobb. Duff Cooley was nicknamed Sir Richard because of his good manners and brave attitude – like King Richard the Lionhearted. Upon retiring he was the principal owner of minor league teams in Topeka and Salt Lake City