The 6'1" 190-lb Bowman was one of two 20-game losers with the last-place 1936 Phillies,
and 33-38 in five years with stronger Pirate teams. After a sore arm and a sojourn
in the minors, he bounced back with a 12-8 season for the wartime Red Sox. Often
used as a pinch hitter, he twice batted over .300.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 12, 1936: At Cincinnati, Phillies starter Joe Bowman gives up his first hit of the game, a lead off triple in the 9th inning to Kiki Cuyler, and then is relieved by Claude Passeau, who retires the next three batters. The Phils win 4–0.
»August 12, 1945: Mel Ott leads the Giants to a pair of wins over the Reds, 3–2 and 6–5. Ott hits a pinch 3-run homer in the 8th of the nitecap after his homer and another by Danny Gardella leads the way in opener. The Reds Bill McKechnie, desperate for hitting, selects P Joe Bowman to pinch-hit for Vern Kennedy in game 1. Bowman is 0-for-42. He will hit .088 for the season.