Ex-Royals Player Al Cowens Dies
DOWNEY, Calif. (AP) - Al Cowens, a former outfielder who won a Gold Glove and with the Kansas City Royals in 1977, has died. He was 50.
Cowens died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Downey, Calif., said his wife of 30 years, Velma.
The Los Angeles native was a product of the Royals' farm system. He made his major league debut with the team in 1974 and played with Kansas City through the 1979 season.
In 1977, Cowens had his finest season. He batted .312 with 23 home runs and 112 RBIs, earned a Gold Glove and finished second to Rod Carew in balloting for the American League's MVP.
Cowens also played for the then-California Angels in 1980 and the Detroit Tigers for parts of two seasons. He joined the Seattle Mariners in 1982 and finished his playing career with the team in 1986.
In 13 seasons, Cowens batted .270 with 107 home runs and 717 RBIs.
After his retirement, Cowens continued scouting players for the Royals, his wife said.
In addition to his wife and grandchildren, Cowens is survived by sons Purvis, Dante and Rayvon and a daughter, Trinetta.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Crusaders Temple Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles.