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Al Cowens

Alfred Edward Cowens (A. C.)

Position: Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 197 lb.

Born: October 25, 1951 in Los Angeles, CA
High School: Centennial HS (Compton, CA)
Drafted
by the Kansas City Royals in the 75th round of the 1969 amateur draft. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 6, 1974 (Age 22.163)   vs. MIN 2 AB, 1 H, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1974 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Royals/Mariners/Tigers/Angels 1974-1986

Final Game: June 8, 1986 (Age 34.226)   vs. TEX 5 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Died: March 11, 2002 in Downey, CA
Buried: Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, CA
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Career Home Runs

Al Cowens: 108 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 2 walk-off, 12 tying, 33 go ahead
4 Tms
SEA56
KCR45
DET6
CAL1
 
vs RHP68
vs LHP40
 
Away55
Home53
 
Leverage
High Lev22
Medium Lev44
Low Lev42
14 Opps
TEX14
BOS12
NYY11
BAL11
OAK10
MIL10
DET9
TOR8
MIN6
CLE5
SEA4
CAL3
CHW3
KCR2
90 Pitchers
Dennis Martinez3
Lary Sorensen3
Mike Caldwell3
Pete Vuckovich2
Keith Atherton2
Mike Flanagan2
Sparky Lyle2
Jim Palmer2
Fergie Jenkins2
Bert Blyleven2
Mike Smithson2
Fernando Arroyo2
Catfish Hunter2
Geoff Zahn2
Rick Honeycutt2
Tom Underwood1
Doyle Alexander1
Tim Birtsas1
Dock Ellis1
Moose Haas1
15 Parks
Kingdome33
KauffmanStad21
Tiger Stad10
Fenway Pk7
Yankee Stad7
Exhibit Stad6
Arlington6
Memor. Stad5
NetworkAssoc3
County Stad3
Metrodome2
Comiskey Pk2
ClevelandStd1
Metrop. Stad1
Angel Stad1
Where Hit
771
Unk31
83
92
781
General field locations when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms104
2·HR gms2
Gms w/ this # = 0 are not shown.
 
OrderPos
5th42
4th29
6th13
7th12
3rd7
8th2
1st1
9th1
2nd1
Outs
037
136
235
 
DefPos
RF90
CF8
Unk7
PH2
LF1
Bases
---61
1--23
-2-11
12-6
1-34
-232
1231
 
169 RBI
RISP24
0 on61
1 on34
2 on12
3 on1
Any on47
Inning
17
217
36
416
59
615
714
815
96
Extra3
 
1-330
4-640
7-end38
RelScore
+4..2
+310
+210
+19
Tied24
-116
-213
-38
-4..16
 
Ahead31
Tied24
Behind53
Before event, for batter

Play By Play

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1974 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1974-07-17 KCR BOS Roger Moret behind 2-6 b 9 2 --- 1 8 8 0.003 0% Home Run (LF-CF)
1975 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
2 2 1 1 1975-04-15 KCR OAK Paul Lindblad behind 1-3 b 8 0 1-- 2 9 PH 0.368 61% Home Run; Pinson Scores/unER
3 3 2 1 1975-06-25 KCR @ CAL Frank Tanana behind 0-2 t 7 0 1-- 2 7 8 0.277 50% Home Run; Healy Scores
4 4 3 1 1975-07-19 KCR @ DET Joe Coleman tied 0-0 t 2 1 1-3 3 7 8 0.201 77% Home Run; Killebrew Scores; Rojas Scores
5 5 4 1 1975-07-25 (2) KCR TEX Steve Hargan ahead 3-1 b 8 1 -2- 2 8 7 0.041 99% Home Run; Brett Scores
1976 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
6 6 1 1 1976-07-19 KCR BAL Jim Palmer tied 0-0 b 2 1 --- 1 6 9 0.118 64% Home Run
7 7 2 1 1976-08-10 KCR NYY Dock Ellis behind 0-1 b 7 2 --- 1 6 9 0.258 52% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to RF
8 8 3 1 1976-08-29 KCR @ BOS Rick Wise behind 3-14 t 5 0 --- 1 2 9 0.002 0% Home Run
1977 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
9 9 1 1 1977-04-10 KCR @ DET Vern Ruhle tied 0-0 t 2 2 --- 1 6 9 0.105 56% Home Run
10 10 2 1 1977-04-24 (1) KCR @ SEA Gary Wheelock ahead 2-0 t 6 2 12- 3 7 9 0.170 95% Home Run; Poquette Scores; Mayberry Scores
11 11 3 1 1977-05-05 KCR CHW Ken Brett behind 2-3 b 4 0 --- 1 5 9 0.132 56% Home Run
12 12 4 1 1977-05-06 KCR @ TEX Doyle Alexander behind 1-5 t 7 2 --- 1 7 9 0.032 7% Home Run
13 13 5 1 1977-05-07 KCR @ TEX Gaylord Perry ahead 4-2 t 6 2 --- 1 7 9 0.094 84% Home Run
14 14 6 1 1977-05-15 KCR TEX Adrian Devine behind 1-6 b 6 2 1-- 2 4 8 0.075 12% Home Run; Poquette Scores
15 15 7 1 1977-05-28 KCR @ BOS Bill Campbell behind 11-17 t 8 1 --- 1 5 9 0.007 1% Home Run
16 16 8 1 1977-06-03 KCR BAL Dyar Miller behind 4-7 b 7 0 --- 1 5 9 0.093 22% Home Run
17 17 9 1 1977-06-04 (2) KCR BAL Rudy May behind 0-1 b 1 1 1-3 3 4 9 0.201 72% Home Run; Brett Scores; Otis Scores
18 18 10 1 1977-06-07 KCR BOS Fergie Jenkins behind 0-1 b 5 0 --- 1 5 9 0.151 57% Home Run
19 19 11 1 1977-06-21 KCR SEA Glenn Abbott behind 0-3 b 2 0 1-- 2 5 9 0.153 44% Home Run; Mayberry Scores
20 20 12 1 1977-07-05 KCR @ TEX Bert Blyleven behind 1-2 t 4 1 1-- 2 5 8 0.221 60% Home Run; Mayberry Scores
21 21 13 1 1977-07-06 KCR MIL Moose Haas behind 3-7 b 6 1 -2- 2 5 8 0.115 22% Home Run; Mayberry Scores
22 22 14 1 1977-07-13 KCR DET Fernando Arroyo tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 9 0.104 66% Home Run
23 23 15 1 1977-07-21 KCR @ DET Dave Roberts ahead 3-0 t 3 2 -2- 2 4 9 0.109 89% Home Run; McRae Scores
24 24 16 1 1977-07-22 KCR @ DET John Hiller tied 4-4 t 12 2 --- 1 4 9 0.407 80% Home Run
25 25 17 1 1977-08-01 KCR @ MIN Geoff Zahn tied 0-0 t 1 2 -2- 2 4 9 0.176 66% Home Run; Otis Scores
26 26 18 1 1977-08-22 KCR BAL Jim Palmer behind 2-6 b 7 0 --- 1 4 8 0.056 13% Home Run (Fly Ball)
27 27 19 1 1977-08-29 KCR @ NYY Catfish Hunter behind 1-2 t 6 1 1-- 2 4 9 0.296 64% Home Run; Brett Scores
28 28 20 1 1977-09-06 KCR @ SEA Rick Honeycutt ahead 1-0 t 1 1 -2- 2 4 9 0.139 75% Home Run; Brett Scores
29 29 21 2 1977-09-06 KCR @ SEA Rick Honeycutt ahead 3-0 t 3 1 1-- 2 4 9 0.103 90% Home Run; Brett Scores
30 30 22 1 1977-09-14 (1) KCR OAK Rick Langford tied 0-0 b 1 2 1-- 2 4 9 0.183 71% Home Run; Brett Scores
31 31 23 1 1977-09-15 (2) KCR OAK Doug Bair tied 4-4 b 10 0 --- 1 4 9 0.359 100% Walk-Off Home Run
1978 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
32 32 1 1 1978-04-22 KCR @ BAL Mike Flanagan ahead 2-1 t 7 0 --- 1 4 9 0.125 84% Home Run
33 33 2 1 1978-05-03 KCR @ NYY Ed Figueroa behind 4-5 t 8 1 --- 1 4 9 0.268 45% Home Run
34 34 3 1 1978-08-06 KCR TOR Balor Moore behind 0-1 b 1 1 123 4 5 9 0.254 80% Home Run; Zdeb Scores; McRae Scores; Otis Scores
35 35 4 1 1978-08-13 KCR @ TOR Tom Underwood behind 0-1 t 6 0 --- 1 4 9 0.169 50% Home Run
36 36 5 1 1978-08-22 KCR @ CHW Ross Baumgarten ahead 4-0 t 4 1 1-- 2 4 9 0.066 95% Home Run; McRae Scores
1979 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
37 37 1 1 1979-04-14 KCR @ TOR Mark Lemongello tied 0-0 t 2 2 --- 1 7 9 0.106 57% Home Run
38 38 2 1 1979-04-28 KCR CLE Rick Waits behind 0-2 b 4 0 -2- 2 4 9 0.170 56% Home Run; Otis Scores
39 39 3 1 1979-04-30 KCR TEX Fergie Jenkins behind 4-6 b 5 2 --- 1 5 9 0.121 36% Home Run
40 40 4 1 1979-05-07 KCR @ TEX Sparky Lyle ahead 8-6 t 8 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.111 96% Home Run; Porter Scores
41 41 5 1 1979-06-07 KCR @ BAL Sammy Stewart tied 0-0 t 5 0 --- 1 6 DH 0.139 64% Home Run
42 42 6 1 1979-08-09 KCR @ TOR Jesse Jefferson ahead 9-3 t 8 0 --- 1 7 9 0.005 100% Home Run
43 43 7 1 1979-08-12 KCR DET Milt Wilcox ahead 2-0 b 4 2 -2- 2 7 9 0.125 90% Home Run; Otis Scores
44 44 8 1 1979-09-01 KCR @ NYY Jim Kaat behind 4-5 t 4 0 1-- 2 7 9 0.200 62% Home Run; Otis Scores
45 45 9 1 1979-09-02 KCR @ NYY Catfish Hunter ahead 1-0 t 4 0 --- 1 7 9 0.106 73% Home Run
1980 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
46 46 1 1 1980-05-21 CAL @ TEX Sparky Lyle behind 6-7 t 7 2 12- 3 7 DH 0.510 80% Home Run; Rudi Scores/unER; Grich Scores/unER; Cowens Scores/Team unER
47 47 2 1 1980-06-28 DET @ TOR Jerry Garvin ahead 3-1 t 7 2 --- 1 5 9 0.090 87% Home Run
48 48 3 1 1980-07-14 DET @ BOS Mike Torrez tied 0-0 t 2 1 -2- 2 6 9 0.158 68% Home Run; Hebner Scores
49 49 4 1 1980-08-28 DET MIL Lary Sorensen behind 2-6 b 6 1 --- 1 6 9 0.056 13% Home Run
50 50 5 1 1980-09-08 (2) DET BAL Mike Flanagan behind 0-8 b 5 0 --- 1 5 9 0.011 3% Home Run
51 51 6 1 1980-09-30 DET @ TOR Jackson Todd ahead 3-2 t 4 2 --- 1 7 9 0.114 69% Home Run
1981 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
52 52 1 1 1981-08-15 DET NYY Dave LaRoche behind 0-2 b 3 0 1-- 2 1 8 0.197 55% Home Run; Whitaker Scores
1982 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
53 53 1 1 1982-04-06 SEA @ MIN Fernando Arroyo ahead 10-7 t 9 1 --- 1 5 9 0.021 98% Home Run
54 54 2 1 1982-04-16 SEA OAK Mike Norris ahead 1-0 b 4 2 12- 3 6 9 0.221 90% Home Run; Castillo Scores; Bochte Scores
55 55 3 1 1982-04-21 SEA CAL Bruce Kison tied 0-0 b 2 0 1-- 2 6 9 0.159 75% Home Run; Maler Scores
56 56 4 1 1982-04-25 SEA MIN Bobby Castillo behind 2-4 b 9 0 --- 1 6 9 0.111 20% Home Run
57 57 5 1 1982-05-19 SEA @ BOS Chuck Rainey behind 2-3 t 3 2 -2- 2 4 9 0.202 57% Home Run; Castillo Scores
58 58 6 1 1982-05-23 SEA @ MIL Mike Caldwell tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 4 9 0.110 61% Home Run
59 59 7 1 1982-05-31 SEA MIL Bob McClure behind 0-2 b 2 1 --- 1 5 9 0.101 42% Home Run
60 60 8 1 1982-06-04 SEA @ DET Jack Morris ahead 1-0 t 8 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.199 92% Home Run; Zisk Scores
61 61 9 1 1982-06-14 SEA TEX Danny Darwin ahead 3-0 b 8 2 --- 1 5 9 0.018 99% Home Run
62 62 10 1 1982-06-15 SEA TEX Steve Comer behind 1-3 b 7 2 --- 1 5 9 0.126 28% Home Run
63 63 11 1 1982-06-21 SEA TOR Luis Leal ahead 1-0 b 4 0 --- 1 4 9 0.100 79% Home Run
64 64 12 1 1982-07-06 SEA NYY Rich Gossage behind 5-7 b 7 2 1-- 2 4 9 0.345 52% Home Run; Bochte Scores
65 65 13 1 1982-07-25 SEA @ CLE Lary Sorensen behind 1-4 t 7 0 --- 1 5 9 0.078 18% Home Run
66 66 14 1 1982-07-28 SEA MIN Terry Felton ahead 5-2 b 8 0 --- 1 5 9 0.015 99% Home Run
67 67 15 1 1982-08-02 SEA @ OAK Matt Keough ahead 3-0 t 6 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.080 96% Home Run; Bochte Scores
68 68 16 1 1982-08-22 SEA MIL Jim Slaton behind 4-5 b 8 2 --- 1 3 9 0.329 53% Home Run
69 69 17 1 1982-08-23 SEA BOS Mark Clear behind 1-2 b 7 2 -2- 2 3 9 0.425 75% Home Run; Simpson Scores/unER; Cowens Scores/Team unER
70 70 18 1 1982-09-03 SEA @ BOS Tom Burgmeier behind 4-9 t 6 1 12- 3 3 9 0.122 19% Home Run; Cruz Scores; Edler Scores
71 71 19 1 1982-09-08 SEA KCR Vida Blue behind 0-3 b 4 1 -2- 2 5 9 0.165 40% Home Run; Zisk Scores
72 72 20 1 1982-09-17 SEA TEX Mike Smithson ahead 2-0 b 5 2 --- 1 4 9 0.081 87% Home Run
1983 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
73 73 1 1 1983-05-10 SEA @ BAL Dennis Martinez behind 1-8 t 8 0 --- 1 3 9 0.004 1% Home Run
74 74 2 1 1983-06-05 SEA @ NYY Shane Rawley ahead 2-0 t 3 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.137 86% Home Run; Zisk Scores
75 75 3 1 1983-08-23 SEA @ MIL Mike Caldwell tied 0-0 t 4 1 1-- 2 5 DH 0.223 73% Home Run; Henderson Scores
76 76 4 2 1983-08-23 SEA @ MIL Mike Caldwell ahead 3-0 t 9 1 --- 1 5 DH 0.019 99% Home Run
77 77 5 1 1983-08-24 SEA @ NYY Ron Guidry tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 4 DH 0.108 61% Home Run
78 78 6 1 1983-08-28 SEA CLE Lary Sorensen behind 0-5 b 9 2 1-- 2 6 DH 0.003 0% Home Run; Putnam Scores
79 79 7 1 1983-09-09 SEA TEX Mike Smithson behind 0-2 b 2 0 --- 1 5 DH 0.101 44% Home Run
1984 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
80 80 1 1 1984-04-11 SEA BOS Dennis Eckersley ahead 3-0 b 6 2 --- 1 5 9 0.044 95% Home Run
81 81 2 1 1984-04-14 SEA @ MIN Pete Filson tied 2-2 t 10 0 --- 1 6 9 0.335 83% Home Run
82 82 3 1 1984-05-01 SEA MIN Ron Davis ahead 9-8 b 8 1 --- 1 5 9 0.078 94% Home Run
83 83 4 1 1984-05-14 SEA @ DET Dan Petry behind 0-3 t 4 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.162 34% Home Run; Putnam Scores
84 84 5 1 1984-05-19 SEA @ BAL Scott McGregor behind 2-3 t 6 0 1-3 3 4 9 0.247 79% Home Run; Bonnell Scores; Davis Scores
85 85 6 1 1984-06-17 SEA TEX Odell Jones tied 2-2 b 9 1 12- 3 4 9 0.295 100% Walk-Off Home Run; Perconte Scores; Davis Scores
86 86 7 1 1984-06-28 SEA @ BOS Bruce Hurst behind 0-1 t 2 0 --- 1 4 9 0.103 50% Home Run
87 87 8 1 1984-06-29 SEA @ BOS Bob Ojeda behind 0-2 t 6 2 --- 1 4 9 0.109 28% Home Run
88 88 9 1 1984-07-07 SEA @ TOR Jim Clancy tied 0-0 t 1 2 -23 3 5 9 0.230 74% Home Run; Perconte Scores; Owen Scores
89 89 10 1 1984-07-14 SEA BOS Roger Clemens tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 5 9 0.109 66% Home Run
90 90 11 1 1984-07-17 SEA MIL Jaime Cocanower tied 0-0 b 2 1 --- 1 5 9 0.113 64% Home Run
91 91 12 1 1984-07-27 SEA OAK Bill Krueger tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 9 0.109 66% Home Run
92 92 13 1 1984-08-20 SEA @ BAL Dennis Martinez behind 0-3 t 4 1 --- 1 5 9 0.081 24% Home Run
93 93 14 1 1984-08-26 SEA NYY Phil Niekro behind 0-5 b 6 2 1-- 2 5 9 0.071 11% Home Run; Davis Scores
94 94 15 1 1984-09-07 SEA @ KCR Buddy Black tied 1-1 t 4 0 --- 1 4 9 0.126 63% Home Run
1985 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
95 95 1 1 1985-04-11 SEA OAK Curt Young ahead 1-0 b 1 2 -23 3 6 9 0.194 85% Home Run; Thomas Scores; Henderson Scores
96 96 2 1 1985-04-15 SEA @ OAK Keith Atherton behind 3-5 t 8 0 --- 1 6 9 0.117 24% Home Run
97 97 3 1 1985-04-16 SEA @ OAK Keith Atherton behind 6-9 t 8 0 --- 1 5 9 0.063 13% Home Run
98 98 4 1 1985-04-29 SEA MIL Pete Vuckovich behind 4-7 b 6 0 --- 1 5 9 0.097 26% Home Run
99 99 5 1 1985-06-02 SEA @ NYY Rich Bordi ahead 6-4 t 7 1 --- 1 3 PH 0.084 89% Home Run
100 100 6 1 1985-06-20 SEA @ TEX Burt Hooton ahead 2-0 t 3 1 1-3 3 5 9 0.135 90% Home Run; Bradley Scores; Thomas Scores
101 101 7 1 1985-06-29 SEA CLE Bert Blyleven behind 0-2 b 2 1 --- 1 5 9 0.102 42% Home Run
102 102 8 1 1985-07-01 SEA @ CHW Floyd Bannister tied 0-0 t 8 1 12- 3 5 9 0.350 92% Home Run; Calderon Scores; Thomas Scores
103 103 9 1 1985-07-06 SEA MIL Pete Vuckovich tied 0-0 b 4 1 1-- 2 5 9 0.209 77% Home Run; Thomas Scores
104 104 10 1 1985-08-10 SEA OAK Tim Birtsas behind 3-10 b 7 2 --- 1 3 9 0.005 1% Home Run
105 105 11 1 1985-08-14 (2) SEA CAL Geoff Zahn ahead 3-0 b 5 1 1-- 2 3 9 0.072 96% Home Run; Bradley Scores
106 106 12 1 1985-08-21 SEA BAL Dennis Martinez behind 3-10 b 6 2 --- 1 5 9 0.009 2% Home Run
107 107 13 1 1985-09-06 SEA @ DET Walt Terrell ahead 4-1 t 5 1 --- 1 5 9 0.064 89% Home Run
108 108 14 1 1985-09-10 SEA CLE Jamie Easterly behind 3-7 b 5 1 --- 1 5 9 0.063 16% Home Run

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