Bowens hit 22 of his 45 homers in 1964, his first full season, tying an Oriole rookie
HR record since surpassed by Cal Ripken, Jr. He was noted for his slow and easy lifestyle;
when the Senators sent him to Buffalo in 1969, Sam took 13 days to report.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 22, 1964: Baltimore edges the Twins 6–5, scoring two runs in the 9th for the victory. Twins reliever Jerry Arrigo allows a 2-out home run to Sam Bowens, his 2nd home run of the game, then throws three balls to John Orsino before being lifted for Bill Fischer. Fischer throws a strike to Orsino who then hits his next pitch for the winning home run. It is Fischer's last ML throw: on the 24th he is placed on the voluntarily retired list.