PLAYER PROFILE

TARZAN COOPER

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Charles “Tarzan” Cooper was a star basketball player at Central High School  in Philadelphia. At age 18, he signed to play for the Philadelphia Panthers, a local black team, from where  he launched a twenty-one year pro basketball career. In 1929, Cooper joined the New York Rens. When the Original Celtics faded with age in the early thirties, the Rens rose to prominence as the most  powerful independent team in the country. In 1939, Cooper led the Rens to first place in the World Pro championship in Chicago and was named MVP of the tournament.  In 1943, as player-coach of the Washington Bears, Cooper won his second pro championship at the Chicago tournament. Cooper outplayed Oshkosh star Leroy Edwards in the finals to lead the Bears to the title. The Celtics’ star Joe Lapchick lauded Cooper as the best center he ever faced in pro basketball. Cooper was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame  as a member of the Rens and again in 1977 as an individual player.

 

TARZAN COOPER Height: 6:03 Weight: 235 College: None
Charles Theodore Cooper Born: Aug 30, 1907 Died:  Dec 18, 1980 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1925-26 Philadelphia Panthers Indep
1926-27 Philadelphia Panthers Indep
1926-27 Philadelphia Giants Indep
1926-27 Philadelphia Scholastics Indep
1927-28 Philadelphia Panthers Indep
1928-29 New York Rens Indep
1929-30 New York Rens Indep
1930-31 New York Rens Indep
1931-32 New York Rens Indep
1932-33 New York Rens Indep
1933-34 New York Rens Indep
1934-35 New York Rens Indep
1935-36 New York Rens Indep
1936-37 New York Rens Indep
1937-38 New York Rens Indep
1938-39 New York Rens Indep
1939-40 New York Rens Indep
1940-41 New York Rens Indep
1940-41 Washington Bears Indep 17 50 39 139 8.2
1941-42 Washington Bears Indep 18 82 23 187 10.4
1941-42 Philadelphia Toppers Indep
1942-43 Washington Bears Indep
1943-44 Washington Bears Indep 25 32 8 72 2.9
1944-45 Washington Bears Indep 18 49 14 112 6.2
1945-46 Washington Bears Indep 27 48 23 119 4.4
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 New York Rens WBT 3 8 5 8 .625 21 7.0
1939-40 New York Rens WBT 2 4 0 2 .000 8 4.0
1940-41 New York Rens WBT 4 6 1 1 1.000 13 3.3
1941-42 Long Island WBT 4 4 3 4 .750 11 2.8
1942-43 Washington Bears WBT 3 0 2 2 1.000 2 0.7
Major League Totals 16 22 11 17 .647 55 3.4
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