With an extremely dumb look on his face,
Jim Cosman looks more like a garbage
collector than a baseball player.
A hurler for the Cards and Cubs in the
late 1960’s, Cosman would go 2-0, 3.05
in twelve big league outings spread out
over three seasons. The right-hander
would work effectively in a mop up role in
’67 helping the Cardinals during the
middle of their Championship Season.
What was interesting to learn was that
upon his departure from baseball in
1972, Cosman would take his place in
the working world--- as a driver for a
waste company. With a friendly smile and
strong work ethic, Cosman would rise
through the ranks, from garbage truck
driver to CEO of Republic Services, Inc.,
during his 30-year career in the waste
Cosman passed away early in 2013 and
his obituary tells a tale of a man more
interesting than the look he gave on his
Editor’s Note: I once owned some stock
in Republic Services. No offense to
garbage collectors was meant in writing
this piece, it just went with the story. We
would live in a messy world without them.
Cosman looked much happier as a
businessman, than a ballplayer.