Andy Kosco

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Andrew John Kosco

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Biographical Information[edit]

Andy Kosco played 10 seasons in the majors, split among seven teams.

Signed by the Detroit Tigers in 1959, he came to the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 1965, the year they won the American League pennant with 102 victories. Kosco appeared in 23 games, mostly in right field, but did not appear in post-season play. He had had a great season in the minors that year with the Denver Bears.

After three years with the Twins, he became a regular with the New York Yankees in 1968, playing alongside Roy White and Joe Pepitone in the outfield. It was the heart of the second dead-ball era, and Kosco's .240 batting average was far above the Yankees' team average of .214.

1969 found him as the regular right fielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, hitting .248 on a team that hit .254. His 19 homers and 74 RBI led the team.

In 1971, he was a regular outfielder with the Milwaukee Brewers, while in 1972 he played with both the California Angels and Boston Red Sox, where he was a couple of years younger than fellow outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.

In 1973 he slugged .568 in 118 at-bats for the division-winning Cincinnati Reds, and hit .300 in post-season play. He closed out his major league career with the Reds in 1974.

He is the father of former minor league baseball players Bryn Kosco and Dru Kosco.

He studied law during off-seasons while in the majors, but after his baseball days went into insurance.

In 1975 he was interviewed for the Youngstown State University Oral History Program. interview

One source: 1965 Twins and Kosco

Further Reading[edit]

  • Norm King: "Andy Kosco", in Gregory H. Wolf, ed.: A Pennant for the Twin Cities: the 1965 Minnesota Twins, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 139-142. ISBN 978-1-943816-09-5

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