Beehive Big Leaguers of Yore

Published: Friday, July 22 2011 8:29 a.m. MDT

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Billy Cowan, OF, Chicago Cubs (1963-1964), New York Mets and Milwaukee Braves (1965), Philadelphia Phillies (1967), New York Yankees (1969), California Angels (1969-1972)

Cowan was born on Aug. 28, 1938, in Calhoun City, Miss. He was a member of the University of Utah baseball team before signing a free-agent contract with the Chicago Cubs. He was the first player from the University of Utah to play in the majors. His career stats include 493 games played, 40 home runs, 125 stolen bases and 125 RBIs. He is a member of the Crimson Club Hall of Fame.

In this photo: New York Mets team pose at Shea Stadium in 1965, New York. The players are, in the foreground, batboy Dom Ardivino, seated, Chuck Hiller, Dan Napoleon, Chris Cannizzaro, Yogi Berra, Don Heffner, Casey Stengel, Wes Westrum, Warren Spahn, Galen Cisco, Charlie Smith, and Johnny Lewis. In the second row are, trainer Gus Mauch, Al Jackson, Jack Fisher, Larry Bearnarth, Ed Kranepool, Dennis Musgreaves, Gary Kroll, Tom Parsons, Jim Hickman, Ron Hunt, Jesse Gonder, and assistant trainer Joe Deer. In the back row are, Ron Swoboda, Tug McGraw, Joe Christopher, Joe Stephenson, Larry Miler, Bobby Klaus, Roy McMillan, Billy Cowan, and Frank Lary.

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Salt Lake City, UT

Joyner, robbed of Rookie of the Year by a Juicer -- Jose Conseco

Salt Lake City, UT

The Laws don't get their own pages?

Vern is a Cy Young winner and All-Star
Vance was an All-Star and is currently the Head Coach at BYU.

Tooele, UT

Cory Snyder had a rocket for an arm. I can remember seeing him throw out runners on the base paths many times.

Judge Smailes
Cedar Hills, UT

Rational: Joyner at the end of his career admited he used PED's as well! Just a thought


It is obvious your list here is very bias towards late 20th century players, for if you had read the book "Mormons in the Major Leagues" by Jim Ison, you would have known that Spencer Adams from Layton Utah played for the Pirates, Yankees, and Washington Senators, from 1923 to 1927. He is considered to be the first Utahn in the Majors.

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