Jim Cosman, Republic Services Inc.'s former president and COO, died Jan. 7 after battling Alzheimer's disease for about a decade.
He was 69.
Cosman, who was quick with a smile, left the company in 2000 when he said he wanted to spend more time with his family. It was a couple of years later that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Cosman was a colorful character who spent time as a pitcher in Major League Baseball, posting a 2-0 record for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs between 1966 and 1970. He had a career 3.05 ERA in three seasons of baseball, according to Baseball Reference. Cosman also recorded one career hit, for the Cardinals in 1967. He was known to talk about giving up a home run to Hank Aaron, which happened in 1970.