One Pack. No Turning Back.
Road Trip Stop #14: Compton, CA
Al Cowens didn't need to be a Sports Center highlight. He didn't need to make noise in the clubhouse. He made noise with his bat, quietly becoming one of the underrated players of the late 1970s. Although he unfortunately gained notoriety for a dustup with a headhunting Ed Farmer in an ugly incident in 1979 that stretched into 1980, Cowens should be remembered for his breakout 1977 season, in which he finished second in the AL MVP voting. He finished his career with the Seattle Mariners in 1986, then made a comeback in 1990 for the Bradenton Explorers in the bizarre and ill-fated Senior Professional Baseball Association. He tragically died in 2002 at the age of 50 from a heart attack.
Career: 1974-79: Kansas City Royals
1980: California Angels
1980-81: Detroit Tigers
1982-86: Seattle Mariners
Career Statistics: 1584 Games Played, .270/.319/.403, 108 HR 717 RBI, 15.2 WAR