Al Cowens, a former Angel and Kansas City Royal outfielder who won a Gold Glove and batted .312 for the Royals in 1977, has died. He was 50.
Cowens died of a heart attack Monday at his home in Downey, said his wife of 30 years, Velma.
The Los Angeles native emerged from the Royals' farm system, making his major league debut in 1974.
He batted .312 for the Royals in 1977, earned a Gold Glove for his defensive work in the outfield and finished second to Rod Carew in balloting for the American League's most valuable player.