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Lip Man 1
06-19-2006, 01:07 PM
A date Ed Farmer won't soon forget!

June 20, 1980- Tigers outfielder Al Cowens attacks Sox relief pitcher Ed Farmer.

In the 11th inning of a game at Comiskey Park, Cowens ran towards Farmer after hitting a ground ball instead of running towards first base. The two had a melee on the mound. One year earlier Farmer broke his jaw when he was pitching for Texas. Chicago police went looking for Cowens after the game to press assault charges but Tigers manager Sparky Anderson got Cowens out of the locker room and out of town before they could arrest him. Cowens did not play at all, naturally, in the final three games of the series.

Lip

Dan Mega
06-19-2006, 01:24 PM
But today is 6/19 :tongue:

Good story though!

Baby Fisk
06-19-2006, 01:29 PM
Would Cowens happen to be a Canadian?

Lip Man 1
06-19-2006, 03:09 PM
Dan:

I always post my material a day ahead of time.

:D:

Lip

MrRoboto83
06-19-2006, 03:35 PM
A date Ed Farmer won't soon forget!

June 20, 1980- Tigers outfielder Al Cowens attacks Sox relief pitcher Ed Farmer.

In the 11th inning of a game at Comiskey Park, Cowens ran towards Farmer after hitting a ground ball instead of running towards first base. The two had a melee on the mound. One year earlier Farmer broke his jaw when he was pitching for Texas. Chicago police went looking for Cowens after the game to press assault charges but Tigers manager Sparky Anderson got Cowens out of the locker room and out of town before they could arrest him. Cowens did not play at all, naturally, in the final three games of the series.

Lip

I believe Farmio was talking about this during the Rangers series last week.

SBSoxFan
06-19-2006, 03:38 PM
A date Ed Farmer won't soon forget!

June 20, 1980- Tigers outfielder Al Cowens attacks Sox relief pitcher Ed Farmer.

In the 11th inning of a game at Comiskey Park, Cowens ran towards Farmer after hitting a ground ball instead of running towards first base. The two had a melee on the mound. One year earlier Farmer broke his jaw when he was pitching for Texas. Chicago police went looking for Cowens after the game to press assault charges but Tigers manager Sparky Anderson got Cowens out of the locker room and out of town before they could arrest him. Cowens did not play at all, naturally, in the final three games of the series.

Lip

Hey Lip,

I thought there was "more to the story."

viagracat
06-19-2006, 04:00 PM
Did Farmer get clocked right in the grill? :D:

Dan Mega
06-19-2006, 04:02 PM
Dan:

I always post my material a day ahead of time.

:D:

Lip

And I never realized this until you said so. My bad.:redface:

TDog
06-19-2006, 05:19 PM
I believe Farmio was talking about this during the Rangers series last week.

But it isn't Farmer's fault that Cowens is dead.

Lip Man 1
06-19-2006, 06:49 PM
SB Sox Fan:

The 'more to the story' was that the Chicago police went into the locker room afterwards to arrest him on assult charges and that Sparky hustled him out of there before they could nab him.

When this was brought up last week no one mentioned Cowens 'near' arrest which would have been one of the very few times in sports / police history something like that happened. (It happened at least twice in the NHL, once when the Bruins / Candians brawl spilled into the stands and once during the Ted Green / Wayne Maki incident in Vancouver.)

Lip

jackbrohamer
06-19-2006, 06:51 PM
Incident earned him the nickname "Cowens the Coward," at least when he played in Sox park afterwards.

Railsplitter
06-19-2006, 09:01 PM
Did Farmer get clocked right in the grill? :D:

No. Cowens grounded to short and tackled farmer from behind rather than running to first.

Oddly, this never made any of the Baseball Hall of Shame books.