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Al Cowens
Right fielder
Born: (1951-10-25)October 25, 1951
Los Angeles, California
Died: March 11, 2002(2002-03-11) (aged 50)
Downey, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 1974, for the Kansas City Royals
Last MLB appearance
June 8, 1986, for the Seattle Mariners
MLB statistics
Batting average.270
Home runs108
Runs batted in717
Career highlights and awards

Alfred Edward Cowens, Jr. (October 25, 1951 – March 11, 2002) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1974 through 1986, Cowens played for the Kansas City Royals (1974–79), California Angels (1980), Detroit Tigers (1980–81) and Seattle Mariners (1982–86). He batted and threw right-handed.

Baseball career

A native of Los Angeles, California, Cowens was a product of the Kansas City Royals farm system. He made his major league debut with the Royals in 1974 and played for them through 1979. His most productive season came in 1977, when he batted .312 with 23 home runs and 112 RBI, earned a Gold Glove, and finished second to Rod Carew in balloting for the American League MVP Award.

A notable feud started between Cowens and Texas Rangers reliever Ed Farmer early in the 1979 season. Cowens attempted to steal signs from the catcher and thought Farmer was throwing a breaking ball, but instead a fastball fractured Cowens' jaw.[1] Cowens missed 21 games. Farmer also hit Cowens' teammate Frank White in the same game and broke his wrist[2] and caused him to miss 33 contests. The following year, in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park on June 20‚ 1980‚ Cowens (now a Detroit Tiger) hit an infield grounder against Farmer (pitching for the White Sox). While Farmer watched his infielder make the play, Cowens ran to mound and tackled the pitcher from behind, instead of running to first base; getting in several punches before the benches cleared and the two were separated.[2] Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois‚ forcing him to skip the remainder of the series. Later Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake‚ and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before the game on September 1. However, future appearances for Cowens in Chicago were greeted with a "Coward Cowens" banner.

In a 13-year career, Cowens was a .270 hitter with 108 home runs and 717 RBI in 1584 games.


Cowens died in Downey, California on March 11, 2002 at the age of 50 from a heart attack. At the time of his death, Cowens had been scouting players for the Kansas City Royals. He is buried at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood, California.


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  2. ^ a b "Cooperstown Confidential: Thinking of Al Cowens". Retrieved 2012-03-27.

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