Carolina All-American pitcher Mike Cook was born today in Charleston.
After graduation from St. Andrew’s High School, Cook signed with USC and played from 1983-1985. He had a nice career, but it was his 1985 season that really stood out.
He went a remarkable 16-2 that year, with a miniscule 1.91 ERA. He also struck out 168 batters, and threw 8 complete games. Mike earned All-American honors from the coaches, as well as from Baseball America. The outstanding season pushed Cook into the first round of the MLB Draft in 1985. He was selected by the California Angels with the 19th overall pick.
Cook struck out 313 opposing batters while at USC, the seventh-most in school history. His 30 career victories place tenth on the school’s all-time list as well.