Orlando Sentinel, 24 August 2000. Also Chase's Annual Events (1989), which is probably the ultimate source of the Sentinel's information. Wikipedia (in addition to stating he was born both in Manhattan and on Long Island) gives a date of 4 August 1956, which is unsupported and probably incorrect. Note that bad information in Wikipedia propagates to other places. Cooney was born in Brooklyn. See Will Grimsley, "A Killer Bull with a Marshmallow Heart", Associated Press, published in the Ludington Daily News, 11 May 1981, and in other newspapers under other titles.
Father: (Brooklyn steel worker)
Brother: Tom Cooney (boxer)
Wife: Jennifer (two sons, one daughter)
Daughter: Sarah Elizabeth
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