A hard-throwing reliever, Cosgrove was 7-3 for the Astros in 1974 and had five saves
the next year, but when he switched to starting in '76, he developed arm trouble.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 4, 1974: Don Wilson has a no-hitter through eight innings, but is lifted for a pinch-hitter by Houston manager Preston Gomez. Reliever Mike Cosgrove gives up a leadoff single to Tony Perez, and the Astros lose to the Reds 2–1. Jack Billingham, who has a sac bunt in the 2-run 5th, is the winner. Gomez made the same mistake in San Diego on July 21, 1970. The Reds score both runs in the 5th inning on two walks, a sac bunt and a 2-base throwing error by Roger Metzger.