Charlie Cozart

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Charlie Cozart
Pitcher
Born: (1919-10-17)October 17, 1919
Lenoir, North Carolina
Died: December 31, 2004(2004-12-31) (aged 85)
Lenoir, North Carolina
Batted: Right Threw: Left
MLB debut
April 17, 1945 for the Boston Braves
Last MLB appearance
June 14, 1945 for the Boston Braves
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Charles Rhubin Cozart (October 17, 1919 – December 31, 2004) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who appeared in five games, all in relief, for the Boston Braves in 1945. The 25-year-old rookie left-hander was a native of Lenoir, North Carolina.

Cozart is one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the major leagues during World War II. He made his major league debut on April 17, 1945 (Opening Day) against the New York Giants at Braves Field. Three days later he gained his first and only big league win in a 6–5 road victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Shibe Park. His last appearance for the Braves was on June 4, and then he was traded to the New York Yankees organization almost two months later.

In a total of 8 innings pitched he was 1–0 with 1 game finished. He was very ineffective overall, as he allowed 25 baserunners (10 hits and 15 walks) for an extremely high WHIP of 3.125. The 9 earned runs he gave up saddled him with a final ERA of 10.12. He proved to be a good fielder during his short time at the major league level, however, recording 7 assists without committing an error.

Cozart eventually returned to his native Caldwell County, North Carolina and became a deputy sheriff there. Cozart died at the age of 85 in Hudson, North Carolina.

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