Cudmore: From Amsterdam to the major leagues

From Bob Cudmore at the Schenectady Daily Gazette on November 30, 2018:

With World War II ever present in the background, left hander Roger Clinton Bowman was the star pitcher on the Amsterdam High School baseball team in the 1940s. The team, coached by John Tracy, had a five-year, 47-game winning streak that ended in 1945.

According to an article by Tom Hawthorn on the website of the Society for American Baseball Research, Bowman was the only child of Burdette and Rebecca (Hinkle) Bowman. His father was a one-time semi-pro baseball player who worked as a bookkeeper in Amsterdam.

 Young Bowman, born August 18, 1927, had two no-hitters in six games of the 1944 high school season, giving up one run while pitching 91 strikeouts.

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Originally published: December 6, 2018. Last Updated: December 6, 2018.