The Hall of Fame dealt with the Negro Leagues in various ways over the years. From 1971 to 1977, the committee was chaired by Monte Irvin and elected one or two players a year. These are the players that are the most well-known, including Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Buck Leonard. This committee disbanded in 1977, and Negro League players were then considered by the Veterans Committee. Between 1978 and 1994, only two players were inducted. From 1995 to 2001, the Veterans Committee was instructed to elect one Negro Leaguer each year.
In 2006, after studying the Negro Leagues more closely, the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues selected 17 players and executives to join the ranks of the baseball immortals. This included seven Negro League players, five Pre-Negro League players, four Negro League executives, and one Pre-Negro League executive.
Andy Cooper was a left-handed pitcher for the Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs from 1920-1939. He also played in the Cuban winter leagues and for barnstorming teams. He once pitched 43 consecutive innings without issuing a single walk.