Eric Cooper

Eric Cooper Bio

Eric Cooper was an American baseball umpire, who died after developing a blood clot following knee surgery the week prior.

Quick Bio
Birth DateDecember 18, 1966
Birth Place
Des Moines, Iowa
Death Date20 October 2019
Age52 years
Professionbaseball umpire
SpouseTara Cooper
Childrentwo children
Net WorthUpdate Soon

Eric Richard Cooper was born on December 18, 1966, and died on 20 October 2019. He has died at the age of 52.

He worked throughout Major League Baseball from 1999 through his death following the 2019 season. Cooper wore number 56.

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He had umpired in ten Division Series, four League Championship Series, three Wild Card Games, one All-Star Game, one World Series.


He was 52 years old when he died


He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in transportation logistics.

Professional Career

Cooper consistently wore number 56 as an umpire. He worked the Division Series the League Championship Series, the Major League Baseball Wild Card Game the 2014 World Series, and the 2005 All-Star Game. Cooper also worked the World Baseball Classic in 2009 and 2013.

He was the home plate umpire for Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter in 2001, and for Mark Buehrle’s no-hitter against the Texas Rangers on April 18, 2007.

Eric was also behind the plate for Buehrle’s subsequent perfect game thrown in 2009.

He joined Ed Vargo as umpires who had called balls and strikes for two no-hitters by the same pitcher.

Eric was the plate umpire for the game on September 11, 2008, in which Francisco Rodriguez tied the major league single-season save the record. Cooper was struck by a foul ball during the game but was able to continue after a brief pause.

Eric was also the third base umpire in the last game played at the old Yankee Stadium in 2008.

He worked his final game on October 7, 2019, in the 2019 American League Division Series.

Wife & Children

He was married to Tara Cooper. They had two children

Death and Cause

Eric Cooper has died on 20 October 2019 at the age of 52. He died after having a blood clot. Eric had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he spoke with some of them Saturday about his recovery.


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