09 March 2014

johnny cooney double dipped

johnny cooney first joined the dodgers out of the american association in 1935.  he had spent 10 seasons with the boston braves, but his time with the dodgers was the first big league action he had seen since 1930.  after three years in brooklyn, the dodgers traded him to the cardinals as part of a package for leo durocher.  cooney soon returned to the braves, but rejoined the dodgers for the 1943 campaign, becoming a dodger double dipper.

[this is the sixtieth installment in the double dippers posts.  here are the previous posts - brett butler, omar daaleric young, nick willhitechris gwynn, mickey hatcherdave anderson, don zimmerrafael landestoy, dave hansen, jose vizcaino, hideo nomo, greg maddux, mike madduxjon garland, chan ho parkvicente romogene mauch, denny lewallyn, von joshua, joe moellerdioner navarro, rudy seanez, bart shirleyrandy wolf, ismael valdes, bobby castillo, mike devereaux, pete richert, jay johnstone, jesse orosco, lee lacy, giovanni carrara, jeff weaverted sizemore,  orel hershisertom goodwinjoe fergusoneddie murraymatt lukeken mcmullen, tim wallach, jerry grotedon suttonralph branca, todd hundley, elmer dessensguillermo motajoe beckwithjamie hoffmannbabe hermanjoe medwickjuan castroron perranoskiclyde kingpaul wanerhughie jenningsron negray, broadway aleck smith, and george smith.]

this is the only card of cooney that i have - it comes from the 1990 target dodger set.
one of the most interesting things about cooney is that he was used quite frequently as a pitcher during his first run with the braves, but he had been converted to an outfielder when he joined the dodgers in 1935 and never pitched again.  he hit .287 during his five total seasons with the dodgers, and after he retired as a player, he became a coach for the braves, and even managed the club for a short time.

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