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Peter Joseph Coscarart
Born: June 16, 1913 in Escondido, Calif. 
Died: July 24, 2002
Debut: 1938 | Pos: 2B
Ht: 5’11” | Wt: 175 | B: R | T: R

9 864 2992 399 728 28 269 34 .243

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Pete Coscarart, who spent 9 seasons in the major leagues, died July 24, 2002 at the age of 89. He had been hospitalized on July 14 for an aneurysm. 

Coscarart played second base for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1938-41) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1942-46). He hit .243 with 28 HRs and 269 RBIs in his career. In 1940, Coscarart was on the All-Star team. 

He was a member of the 1941 Brooklyn team that played New York in the World Series. Coscarart played in 3 games and had no hits in 7 at-bats.

In 1946, Coscarart was a supporter of a union to help negotiate pension benefits. He voted, along with some of his Pittsburgh teammates, to strike. That was his last year in the majors — his contract was sold to San Diego of the Pacific Coast League.

“There’s no way of proving it, but I’ve always felt I was cheated,” Coscarart said in 1996 in an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune.  

The pension plan was adopted in 1947 — too late for Coscarart. 

In 1996, Coscarart and 75 other players from his era filed a lawsuit against MLB to be included in the pension plan. The players — including Frank Crosetti, Dolph Camilli and Al Giofriddo — argued that baseball was violating their rights by using their “names, signatures, photographs and/or likenesses” without the players’ consent. A California Appeals Court ruled against the players in December 2001.

Following his baseball career, Coscarart worked as a scout for the Minnesota Twins and, later, the New York Yankees. While he was working with the Twins, he signed Graig Nettles. He later worked in real estate for 30 years.

His brother, Joe Cascarart, played for the Boston Braves (1935-36).

Source: Associated Press, San Diego Union Tribune