glistened, unashamed, in the eyes of these stars of the past as they
recalled the successes and failures of this man who had grown wrinkled
and gray, but retained the admiration and respect of baseball players
throughout the country.
laurels he won with his youthful Star team more that 60 years ago; the
stirring battles he annexed with the old Independents of 1885-1889; the
merry times he enjoyed while pilot of the Greater Camden club in
1890-94, and the triumphs with more modern teams of the current century
were all recounted by these "veterans" as they gathered in little knots
on street corners or in lodge rooms to discuss the passing of their old
friend and advisor.
was well under voting age when he organized his first ball club. It was
called the "Stars" and most of those connected with the outfit long
since have died.
after the "Stars" had disbanded Garrett enlisted and served four years
in the Army during the Indian Wars of 1870-1874. But his interest in
baseball was mor keen than ever when he returned home and he organized
a local baseball team that made a great reputation ion the more than
five years of existence.
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managed his greatest team in 1892. It was called the Independents and
made a country-wide reputation. The club played 129 games during that
year and won 104 of them. Cowls gained the reputation of being one of
the best pilots in independent baseball and several of the stars of the
club moved up into the major leagues.
"Kid" Gleason, a member of the 1892 Independents, attributes part of
his success to the baseball knowledge gained while playing for Garrett
three straight years, back in the early nineties, it was a baseball
team guided by Cowls that won the championship of the South Jersey
League. This organization consisted of clubs from Cape May, Atlantic
City, Millville, Bridgeton, Burlington, Bristol, and Trenton, besides
late as 1916 he was identified with baseball when he managed the Camden
A.C. nine, playing at Third and Erie streets.
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rated "Rube" Waddell and "Babe" Ruth as the two greatest ball players
of all time. he was a great admirer of Connie Mack and only a few days
ago predicted that the Athletics would win their second straight world
birthday, in recent years, were occasions calling for gatherings of old
friends and ball players, when the game "in the good old days" would be
his most treasured keepsakes was an engraved baseball sent to him
several years ago by "Babe" Ruth and autographed, "From Babe Ruth to
Garrett Cowls, grandfather of baseball in Camden."
had been employed by the Victor Company from the time Eldridge R.
Johnson had founded it, and continued with RCA Victor's subsidiary, RCA
Photophone Company. He had worked on Monday and had not been ill until
the time of the fatal attack.
is survived by three children, a daughter, Mrs. Laura Hamilton, 2610
Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City; Harry Cowls, a son with whom he lived,
and Elmer Cowls, an emplyee of the new York Yankee baseball club, who
resides in New York City.
grand-daughter, Kathryn Hamilton, is a well-known musical comedy star.