GREENSBORO— Somewhere out there, perhaps a landfill in Tallahassee, Fla., lies a bloody baseball glove—a glove that was a part of a no-hitter, a road win over North Carolina and a championship title all in the same season.
It’s been nearly 20 years since right-hander Ezra Cowan and the 1993 North Carolina A&T baseball team swept the conference tournament and celebrated their MEAC championship title at Rattlers Field, and he still does not know what happened to his glove.
“The celebration began and I lost my glove,” Cowan said, adding that when the team bus returned to Greensboro, he discovered his glove was not among his equipment. “I actually had reconstructive surgery on my nose in the summer prior to my freshman year. I got hit in the nose by a ball. I bled on my glove and I kept it. I kind of liked having the blood on it…I never found it.”
But even though he does not have the prized glove as a token from that season, Cowan has plenty of memories of what ended up being an exciting freshman season. Those memories still hold the Aggies together. A majority of the founders of the Aggie Baseball Alumni Association, an organization formed to support and celebrate the history of Aggies baseball, were from the 1993 team.
The Aggie Athletic Foundation, the official fundraising arm of Aggie Athletics, will be honoring the 1993 baseball team and recognizing the 20th anniversary of their great season in an on-field ceremony that will take place a few minutes before the Aggies 1 p.m., game against Florida A&M on Saturday, May 4 at War Memorial Stadium.
“We didn’t get a ton of wins, but we got some big wins,” said Cowan, who is now the athletics director at Trident Academy in Mount Pleasant, S.C. “I’m very proud to have been affiliated with them.”
Despite finishing 12-22 in ’93, A&T recorded several key victories that fueled the title run. A two-hit shutout victory at perennial powerhouse Florida A&M, a 3-0 no-hitter at St. Paul’s and a 5-4 win at Appalachian State all helped the Aggies pick up momentum and confidence.
But it was a 16-14 win over the University of North Carolina at Boshamer Stadium on April 6, the day after UNC won the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship title, which helped the Aggies the most.