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Billy Cowan


Inducted February 12, 1987

The ability to excel in more than one sport identifies the outstanding natural athlete. Versatility stamped with quality was the trademark of Billy Cowan, who was a standout major college basketball player before making it to the majors in baseball. At East Bakersfield High and Bakersfield College, he was best-known for his basketball exploits, setting school scoring records, including a BC single-game high of 39 points (since surpassed). As a Renegade, he was also named Metropolitan Conference player-of-the-year. Then, at the University of Utah, he captained a team which finished fourth in the NCAA. He was also a standout for the Utes in baseball, leading the conference in hitting. Signed by the Cubs, he was named the Pacific Coast League's MVP and minor league player-of-the-year. He hit 19 homers for the Cubs in 1964 and also later played for the Mets, Braves, Phillies, Yankees and Angels.