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Al Cowens from the Chronology
Apr 8, 2001 - In the Yankees 16-5 win over Toronto Yankee PH Scott Seabol becomes the lowest-drafted player (88th round in 1996) to ever appear in ML. Al Cowens picked on the 75th round in 1969 was the previous player. This distinction will last just 11 days before Travis Phelps-the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' selection in the 89th round also in 1996-makes his debut on April 19. Clemens is the winner as batterymate Jorge Posada belts his first grand slam one of 20 Yankee hits.
Jul 14, 1984 - Roger Clemens allows a single in the first against the Mariners then gives up a leadoff HR in the 2nd to Al Cowens and leaves in the 3rd after allowing 8 hits. The Mariners beat the Red Sox 5-4.
Sep 1, 1980 - Tigers OF Al Cowens and White Sox reliever Ed Farmer publicly end their long-running feud by shaking hands at home plate prior to Chicago's 11-3 win at Tiger Stadium. The feud began in 1979 when Farmer broke Cowens' jaw with a pitch and flared again this June 20th when Cowens hit a ground ball off Farmer and attacked the pitcher instead of running to 1B. Cowens was suspended for 7 games and a warrant was issued for his arrest in Illinois forcing him to skip last week's Tigers-White Sox series in Chicago. Farmer agreed to drop the charges in exchange for a handshake and the 2 players brought out the lineup cards before today's game.
Jun 20, 1980 - White Sox reliever Ed Farmer swears he will take criminal action against Detroit's Al Cowens following an on-field brawl in Chicago. Cowens hit a grounder to SS and then charged the mound instead of running to 1B. The action stemmed from an incident a year earlier when a Farmer pitch shattered Cowens' jaw. AL prexy Lee MacPhail will suspend Cowens for 7 games. The Tigers win 5-3 in 11 innings.
Dec 6, 1979 - In one of their better trades‚ the Royals acquire 1B Willie Aikens‚ and INF Rance Mulliniks from the Angels for OF Al Cowens‚ Todd Cruz‚ and Craig Eaton. Aikens will have 4 solid years in KC‚ including two 2-homer games in the World Series.
May 8, 1979 - During an 8-7 loss to Texas Kansas City loses 2 regulars both as a result of being hit by pitches from Ed Farmer. OF Al Cowens suffers a fractured jaw and will miss 21 games. 2B Frank White sustains a broken hand and will sit out 33 contests. Farmer will be traded 3 times in the next 12 months. On June 20 1980 Cowens will hit a grounder off Farmer and charge the mound.
Jun 7, 1969 - The Washington Senators name Jeff Burroughs the number one pick in the June free-agent draft. The Astros choose J. R. Richard as the 2nd pick and the White Sox follow with 3B Ted Nicholson. Cincinnati picks Ken Griffey on the 29th round while Kansas City with a record 90 picks takes Al Cowens with their 84th choice. The Dodgers select Bill Seinsoth on the first round after selecting him on the 6th round in 1968: the promising lefty slugger is killed in a car accident in September. With the 13th pick the Red Sox take University of Minnesota's Noel Jenke who is also drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks and the Minnesota Vikings (12th round). He'll never make the majors (Pawtucket in 1971 is the highest) but he will play 4 years in the NFL. Montreal picks Tony Scott on the 71st round and Al Cowens who will play for 13 years in the majors lasts until the 75th round (Royals).