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As a Cardinal rookie in 1939, Bowman had a 13-5 record (including 7 relief wins)
and tied for the NL lead in saves (9). Never effective after that, he is remembered
for his near-fatal beaning of former teammate Joe Medwick after the two had argued
in a hotel elevator before a game.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 30, 1939:
Pittsburgh's Johnny Rizzo drives in nine runs, a Pirate record, to give the visiting Pirates a 14–8 victory over St. Louis in game 2. Rizzo includes homers in the 5th, off Clyde Shoun, and the 9th, off Bob Bowman, in the barrage. The Cardinals win the opener, 7–2.
»June 18, 1940: Joe Medwick, in the Dodger lineup for six days after his trade from the Cardinals, is beaned by St. Louis P Bob Bowman at Ebbets Field in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. The Cards win their 6th straight in 11 innings 7–5, as Bowman is escorted from the park by policemen. Hospitalized, Medwick will return to the lineup after several days, but he is never again a major power hitter. Larry MacPhail wants Bowman banned for life. The night before, Bowman allegedly got into an argument with Medwick and Leo Durocher in a hotel elevator.