Cowherd, a writer for the Baltimore Sun since 1987, is nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post news service, and Last Call at the 7-Eleven is a book of selected writings from Cowherd published by Bancroft Press. He lives with his wife and three children near Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1990, he was honored by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors for excellence in feature writing.
On Tuesday October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake occurred in the greater San Francisco Bay Area in California, interrupting preparations for Game 3 of the 1989 World Series between the Bay Area's two Major League Baseball teams, the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. In the morning edition of The San Jose Mercury News that day, Cowherd had "predicted" the earthquake, writing that "these are two teams from California and God only knows if they'll even get all the games in. An earthquake could rip through the Bay Area before they sing the national anthem for Game 3," precisely when the quake occurred.