Kevin Cowherd

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Kevin Cowherd is an American author, humorist and former award-winning sports and features columnist for The Baltimore Sun. He is the author, along with Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., of the New York Times best-seller "Hothead" and five other baseball novels for young readers. Their latest book, "The Closer," was published by Disney-Hyperion Books in March of 2016. Cowherd has also written three works of non-fiction: "The Art of Crisis Leadership" with co-author Rob Weinhold; "The Opening Act: Comedy, Life and the Desperate Pursuit of Happiness," a memoir of Baltimore comedian Larry Noto; a biography, "Hale Storm: The Incredible Saga of Baltimore's Ed Hale, Including a Secret Life with the CIA."

Cowherd has also written for Men's Health, Parenting and Baseball Digest magazines and is the author of a collection of Baltimore Sun columns," Last Call at the 7-Eleven," published in 1995 by Bancroft Press.

Cowherd, then a Baltimore Sun sports columnist, was also given tongue-in-cheek credit for correctly "predicting" the Loma Prieta earthquake.[1]

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's column had "predicted" the earthquake, as he wrote that "these are two teams are 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," which was precisely when the quake occurred.


  1. ^ Engel, Matthew (5 November 1989). "Moving heaven and earth in baseball...and why it's superior to cricket". The Age. p. 8. Retrieved 1 December 2010.