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Stan Cook proved patient in first pro season; Career spanned two seasons

Stan Cook 1990 Erie Sailors card

Boise Hawk Stan Cook walked three times in this early 1989 game. He scored three times, too, The Idaho Statesman wrote.

The three runs Cook scored proved emblematic of the 7-3 Boise victory, The Statesman wrote.

"They weren't throwing the pitches we were looking for, so we were patient," Cook told The Statesman.

That season marked Cook's first season as a pro. While he proved patient in that game, the pros didn't prove patient with Cook. He played in just one more campaign. He topped out at short-season.

Cook's career began in 1989, signed by co-op Boise as a free agent out of Walters State Community College in Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

Cook came from a baseball loving family. His father named him after his favorite player, Stan Musial.

With Boise, Cook was credited with three catches in a July game that robbed hits in a July game. In another game that month, he knocked in a game-winner on a single.

"We're not stopping," Cook told The Statesman after the game-winner. "We'll keep playing the way we've been playing ... try to stay close and come up with something to win it in the end."

Cook hit .241 overall for Boise in 1989 in 65 games. He then moved to co-op short-season Erie for 1990. He saw 70 games and hit .255. That season with Erie marked his last as a pro.

Cook soon settled in Georgia and his sons, Case Cook (Missouri) and Cole Cook (North Carolina State), both went on to play college football.

Stan Cook 1990 Erie Sailors card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,230
Made the Majors:1,385-32.7%
Never Made Majors:2,845-67.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:562
10+ Seasons in the Minors:345

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