Frank Jerry Kostro was born on August 4, 1937 in Windber, PA, a coal mining town in the southeast part of the state. A good athlete, Frank received a scholarship to play football and baseball at the University of Michigan. Prior to the 1956 season, Frank was signed as a free agent by the Detroit Tigers and started his climb up the big league ladder. Frank made his major league debut as a right handed hitting third baseman for the Detroit Tigers at the age of 24 and played for the Tigers in 1962 and 1963 before being traded to the Angels where he played out the remainder of the 1963 season. In 1964 Kostro was again traded, this time to the Minnesota Twins where he played primarily as a utility man through 1969 season. After the 1969 season, Kostro spent the 1970 season in Japan with the Hankyu Braves.
In his seven year major league career, Frank played primarily at 3B but also saw action at 2B, 1B, and the outfield. Frank played in a total of 266 MLB games getting 511 plate appearances in which he hit for a .244 average getting five homeruns and 37 RBI’s. It was a constant battle for Frank to stay in the big leagues and the 1968 season with the Twins was his only season where he did not spend any time in the minor leagues. Today Frank Kostro is retired and enjoying life in Denver, Colorado.
The interview with Frank is 29 minutes in length and took place in January 2011.