Cook graduated from West End High School in 1964 and took a job in the sports department at the Birmingham News before moving to the Birmingham Post-Herald in the 1970s. He also wrote for Lindy's sports magazines and for Al O'Brien's The Sports Page.
Cook co-hosted the WJOX-AM baseball show "Triple Play" as well as an afternoon sports talk show. He also worked as a public address announcer at Rickwood Field. He was inducted into the Birmingham Barons Hall of Fame in 2013.
Cook died in 2015. He was survived by his wife, Cathie; two stepdaughters, and two grandchildren.
- Cook, Ben (2005). Good Wood: A Fan's History of Rickwood Field. Birmingham, Alabama: R. Boozer Press. ISBN 0963612832
- Carlton, Bob (July 11, 2015) "Ben Cook, Birmingham sportswriter and radio host, dies at 69." The Birmingham News