Following the example set by his older brother, Brendon Cowsill is making a rather auspicious varsity baseball debut for Crescenta Valley. Brendon, a freshman third baseman who was supposed to play on the junior varsity team but was promoted because of an injury, is batting .350. He hit home runs in the Falcons’ first two games.
Shane Cowsill, a senior who pitches and plays first base, hit .390 as a sophomore and drove in 39 runs – third highest among Southern Section 4-ADivision players in 1988.
Successful auditions come naturally to the Cowsill boys – shoe-time savvy is in their blood. Their father, Paul, was a member of “The Cowsills,” a popular bubble-gum rock band in the late 1960s. The group, which recently performed on KLOS’ “Mark and Brian” radio program, was composed of eight members of the Cowsill family and was the true-life basis for “The Partridge Family” television show.
Occasionally, die-hard fans remind the brothers of their roots.
At one point during a Las Vegas tournament game las season, Shane noticed a first-base umpire staring at the back of his jersey.
“In the middle of a pitch he goes, ‘Are you related to the singing Cowsills?’” Shane said. “I said, ‘Paul’s my dad.’ And he says, ‘Oh wow! Which one is he?’ He’s looking up into the stands and I’m thinking, ‘Hey, get in the game, bud.’ “