Roger Bowman
Pitcher
Born: (1927-08-18)August 18, 1927
Amsterdam, New York
Died: July 21, 1997(1997-07-21) (aged 69)
Los Angeles, California
Batted: Right
Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 22, 1949, for the New York Giants
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 1955, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record2–11
Earned run average5.81
Strikeouts75
Teams

Roger Clinton Bowman (August 18, 1927 – July 21, 1997) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball. He played for the New York Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Baseball career

Bowman was signed by the New York Giants before the 1946 season. He appeared in games for the Giants in 1949, 1951, and 1952, and he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953 and 1955. He had a career win–loss record of 2–11 in the major leagues.[1] Most of Bowman's professional baseball career was spent in the minor leagues, where he played from 1946 to 1961, winning 131 games and losing 119 overall.[2]

In 1950, while playing for the Jersey City Giants of the International League, Bowman went 16–11 with a 3.71 earned run average. In addition, he led the league with 233 innings pitched and 181 strikeouts.[3]

Bowman hurled the first of two Pacific Coast League no-hitters while pitching with the Oakland Oaks in 1952 against the Hollywood Stars.[4]

Bowman joined the Hollywood Stars in 1954, as he posted a 22–13 record with a 2.51 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 258+13 of work, leading the PCL in wins and games started (37).[5] He then pitched a seven-inning perfect game against the Portland Beavers on the final day of the season to give his team a tie for the pennant race with the San Diego Padres, who then won a one-game playoff.[4][6]

In between, Bowman played winter ball with the Alacranes del Almendares in the Cuban League[7] and for the Licoreros de Pampero in the Venezuelan League,[8] where he was awarded Jugador Estrella (Star Player) in the 1955–56 season.[9] Besides, he pitched for Almendares in the 1955 Caribbean Series.[9]

Bowman spent his final Minor League seasons pitching for the Minneapolis Millers, Buffalo Bisons, Sacramento Solons, Louisville Colonels and Portland Beavers, before joining the Hawaii Islanders as an assistant manager to Tommy Heath, who had been his manager with the Trenton Giants in 1947.[4]

During his playing days, Bowman completed an arts degree at Colgate University and later completed an education degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. After baseball, Bowman operated an upholstery business in Santa Monica for 45 years. He died in Los Angeles in 1997 at the age of 69.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Roger Bowman Statistics and History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Roger Bowman Register Statistics & History". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "1950 International League Pitching Leaders". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d Roger Bowman Biography, written by Tom Hawthorn. SABR Biography Project. Retrieved on November 22, 2018.
  5. ^ "1954 Pacific Coast League Pitching Leaders". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Roger Bowman Chronology". baseballlibrary.com. Archived from the original on November 2, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  7. ^ 1955-56 Almendares BBC roster. Desde mi Palco de Fanático. Retrieved on November 24, 2018.
  8. ^ 1955-56 Pampero BBC roster. Pelota Binaria.Retrieved on November 24, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Gutiérrez, Daniel; González, Javier (2006); Records de la Liga Venezolana de Béisbol Profesional. LVBP. ISBN 978-980-6996-01-4