About Herb Kosten

Devoted family man, beloved husband, grandfather and friend

Herb Kosten, an exceptional athlete, was All-Memphis at Central High in baseball and basketball, the MVP of the state basketball tournament and leading hitter in the city. 

He then attended the University of Alabama, where he excelled in baseball, being named All-SEC 3 times and leading his team to the 1955 SEC Championship.

After graduation he played in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Herb was voted to the University of Alabama All-Century Team (1893- 1993).

Herb was a top amateur tennis player, winning dozens of club, regional and national tournaments. He also became an umpire on the professional tour and sat in "the chair" in many major tennis matches including several at the US Open.

Community Involvement

Herb founded the Girls 18 and Under National Clay Court Championships at the Racquet Club, served as President of the Racquet Club and in 2000 refurbished the tennis courts at the JCC which were renamed the Kosten Tennis Center.

Herb served as President of the Memphis Pros ABA basketball team, the first major league sports franchise in Memphis. He was an accomplished builder and along with this wife Marilyn owned and operated Little Miss Tennis, manufacturer of childrens tennis clothing, founded in 1974 and still thriving today.

Above all, he was a devoted family man, beloved husband, grandfather and friend. His zest for life was unmatched!! Always positive, seeing the best in everyone and enjoying every aspect of his life.

Make A Donation

Your donation funds our research, support group, symposium series and other valuable projects in our efforts to end pancreatic cancer and to support those touched by the disease.

6060 Poplar Avenue, Suite 140
Memphis, TN 38119
901-606-5330

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Kosten Foundation15 hours ago
Our new, easy-to-use, mobile donation opportunity - simply text CUREPANCAN to 44-321, then click on the link provided to complete your secure donation. #GivingTuesday
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Kosten Foundation19 hours ago
Start 2019 on the right foot, and consider the Kosten Foundation for your year-end giving donation. It's a tax break that makes a difference! #wagehope against #pancreaticcancer: http://www.kostenfoundation.com/make-a-donation #GivingTuesday
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Kosten Foundation3 days ago
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Kosten Foundation4 days ago
Interested in joining our support group? It's open to everyone. Come to our meeting today at 10AM at the Cordova Public Library. #KostenFDN #wagehope
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Kosten Foundation5 days ago
Help us reach our goal: $10,000 by year-end. http://www.kostenfoundation.com/make-a-donation/

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