Satchel McElroy is Namesake of his Grandpa’s Famous Teammate

Satchel McElroy comes from a baseball family.  He’s even named after one of the most legendary players in baseball history.

McElroy is currently in his second pro season in the Cincinnati Reds organization after having been selected in the 21st round by them in the 2015 MLB Draft.

He is the son of Chuck McElroy, a former major-league pitcher from 1989 to 2001 for nine teams.  Chuck appeared in 654 games, primarily as a middle reliever.  He compiled a 38-30 record and 3.90 ERA.

Satchel’s grandfather, Sylvester Cooper, played in the Negro Leagues and was a teammate of Satchel Paige, for whom the younger McElroy is named.

Satchel’s uncle is Cecil Cooper, a 17-year veteran of the major-leagues, and former manager of the Houston Astros.

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Satchel McElroy Has Family Ties Working in his Favor

Satchel McElroy, named after famous Negro League player Satchel Paige, is currently playing in the rookie Pioneer League for the Cincinnati Reds organization.

With a name like Satchel, he would have to be named after Hall of Famer Paige, and indeed he was, since McElroy’s grandfather, Sylvester Cooper, once caught Paige in the Negro Leagues.

McElroy is the son of Chuck McElroy, a former major-league relief pitcher from 1989-2001, primarily playing for the Cubs, Reds, and Rockies.

His older brother, C.J., is an outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, playing with Double-A Springfield.

His uncle, Cecil Cooper, was a former first-baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers and Boston Red Sox during 1971-1987.

Being able to grow up in a baseball family allowed him to hang out with major league players from whom he gathered valuable information about hitting and fielding.

For more information about Satchel McElroy, follow the link below from the Billings Gazette:


Baseball Is In McElroy’s Bloodlines

C. J. McElroy Jr. was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft. He had scholarship offers to play football in college, but decided on a baseball career, one that follows his father Chuck McElroy and uncle Cecil Cooper, both former major league players.

McElroy is currently in his fourth professional season where he was an All-Star selection in the Midwest League.

See related story about C. J. McElroy Jr. at the link below from the Journal Star: