Howard Owen 'H.O.' Coster
Date of Birth: September 18, 1896, in Maryland
Date of Death: August 20, 1966 (69 years old)
Joe Coster, 1921 Washington Senators, who's listed with a real name of Howard
Owen Coster, b 11/24/1895, attended Maryland and Western Maryland, died 08/20/66.
Howard Owen Coster and Joseph B Coster were brothers, Howard playing for Maryland,
Joe for Western Maryland. The birth date listed with other sources is for Joseph Coster,
but not even the right Joseph Coster. This Joseph Coster was a Portuguese immigrant
who lived in California. Howard's real birthdate is 09/18/1896, taken from his draft card.
The death date comes from Findagrave.com, and is attached to the correct birthdate.
The grave is listed as Howard C. Coster, but I'm sure someone misread the 'O' as a 'C'.
It's still not totally clear as to which one played for Washington, but it was probably Howard.
He was a 3-year letterman at Maryland from 1916 to 1918, then entered the military. Joe
was 3 years older, and attended Western Maryland.
I talked to Joe's 90-year-old son last year, and he verified that both played
college ball. He wasn't sure which would have played pro ball, but doubted that it would have
been Joe. The fact that he didn't know is not surprising, since his relative played one game for
a team that wasn't even listed in pro records until the 1990's.
1921 Washington Senators (APFA)
University of Maryland