Babe Ruth League President/CEO Steven Tellefsen said," Charles Cooper has been involved with our program for over 14 years. He is a very dedicated volunteer and plays a major role in the success the organization enjoys today. It is a proud moment to have a person of his caliber inducted into the Hall of Fame."
Cooper started his Babe Ruth career as Vice President of the Anderson Babe Ruth League in Indiana. He coordinated administrative and team activities for the league. He was a man who cared for all Anderson participants. Charles formed a minor league program for all players who did not make the established Anderson Babe Ruth team. His dedication was vastly recognized as he was elected president of the league in 1962. In this position he administered umpire schools for training of the league personnel, and set up all aspects of score keeping.
It was not long until Cooper was appointed District 12 director, coordinating leagues in 26 different counties with the State Headquarters, only to become State Commissioner for the 16-18 Babe Ruth program that same year of 1963. In a matter of 5 years, Charles Cooper expanded league teams by 97 teams.
In 1965, Cooper directed his passion for youth baseball to tournament coordination. He initiated and administered the Babe Ruth World Series in Anderson that year, and continued to hold 13 year old invitational tournaments from 1967 through 1973. Cooper even set up the Foster Parent Housing plans for these state tournaments.