Thursday, January 5, 2017
no. 614 - billy cowan
Who is the man: Billy Cowan appeared in 68 games for the Angels in 1970, which was his most playing time since appearing in 101 games in 1965 between the Mets and the Braves.
Can ya dig it: That's a pretty fierce cut by Cowan. That guy standing with the bat off to the left better watch out.
Right on: Cowan's other card with the Angels is much more famous.
You see that cat Cowan is a bad mother: Cowan hit 19 home runs during his rookie season as the Cubs' starting center fielder in 1964. Unfortunately, he also struck out 128 times.
Shut your mouth: Cowan almost got into a fight with legendary broadcaster Dick Enberg. After the Angels played an abysmal game against the Yankees, Enberg, the Angels' play-by-play broadcaster, blasted the team on the air. Angels GM Dick Walsh heard the broadcast and questioned his manager Lefty Phillips, who instituted a bed check and discovered several players skipped curfew. Those players were fined $200. When word got back to Cowan that Enberg's words cost him $200, he confronted the announcer, saying "I ought to take $200 out of your voice." The coaching staff intervened before the discussion got physical.
No one understands him but his woman: Cowan was one of the early "victims" of Morganna "The Kissing Bandit," who would run onto the field and kiss a chosen ballplayer during a game.
(A word about the back): Cowan blistered PCL pitching in 1963 with his 193 hits, 120 RBIs and a .315 batting average. He also struck out 148 times.