Enos Cabell

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Enos Cabell
Enos Cabell at SABR Convention 2014.jpg
Cabell in 2014
Third baseman / First baseman
Born: (1949-10-08) October 8, 1949 (age 70)
Fort Riley, Kansas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 17, 1972, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 1986, for the Los Angeles Dodgers
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs60
Runs batted in596

Enos Milton Cabell (pronounced ca-BELL), (born October 8, 1949) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and third baseman. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1972 to 1986 for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers.[1]


Cabell was born in Fort Riley, Kansas to Enos Cabell Sr. and Naomi Cabell. He graduated from Gardena High School in Gardena, California.[2] He played college baseball at Los Angeles Harbor College.[3]

Cabell was signed by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1968. Cabell was traded from Baltimore to Houston on December 3, 1974, for first baseman Lee May. The Baseball Writers' Association of America named Cabell the Houston Astros' Most Valuable Player in 1978.[4] On December 8, 1980, Cabell was then traded to San Francisco for pitcher Bob Knepper and outfielder Chris Bourjos.

On February 28, 1986, Cabell and six others were suspended for the entire season for admitting during the Pittsburgh drug trials that they were involved in cocaine abuse. The suspensions for all seven were avoided after agreeing to large anti-drug donations and community service.[5]

He played MLB for 15 seasons, despite the distinction of being singled out by Bill James in his 1983 Baseball Abstract as a player who "can't play baseball."[6] Currently, he serves as a special assistant to Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

In 1688 games over 15 seasons, Cabell compiled a .277 batting average (1,647–for–5,952) with 753 runs, 263 doubles, 56 triples, 60 home runs, 596 RBI, 238 stolen bases, 259 base on balls, 691 strikeouts, .308 on-base percentage, and .370 slugging percentage. Defensively, he recorded a .977 fielding percentage. In the postseason, he batted .184 (7–for–38) in 13 league championship games.

Trademark lawsuit[edit]

In December 2008, Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young filed suit against Cabell and two others for applying for a trademark to use Young's initials and the "Invincible" nickname to sell products without Young's permission in 2006. The suit claimed that their use of Young's name damaged endorsement deals for Young; he asked the court to give him the exclusive rights to use the initials and nickname. Cabell denied any wrongdoing.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Enos Cabell Statistics and History". "baseball-reference.com. Accessed June 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Enos Cabel Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  3. ^ "MLB Player Enos Cabell". SportsPool.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  4. ^ "Enos M. Cabell, Jr". Black Baseball Players. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  5. ^ "The Mysterious Enos Cabell". The Daily Fungo. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  6. ^ http://www.espn.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/37682/on-bill-james-the-writer
  7. ^ = MLB/ "Young GMs, senior advisors find pairings beneficial" Check |url= value (help). MLB.com. Retrieved March 15, 2013.
  8. ^ "Vince Young Suing Enos Cabell, Two Others". Sports Illustrated. December 19, 2008.

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