June 26, 1952 |
|September 7, 1976, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 2, 1977, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||15|
Stephen Shaddon Bowling (born June 26, 1952) is a former Major League Baseball player. Bowling played for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1976 and the Toronto Blue Jays in 1977. He batted and threw right-handed. Bowling played football and baseball at Webster High School in Tulsa and then at the University of Tulsa, where he was selected to the all-tournament team of the 1971 College World Series.
Milwaukee Brewers (1976)
Bowling was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 1974 MLB Draft, and made his debut with the club on September 7, 1976, as he went 3 for 3 with a double, and RBI and a run scored in the Brewers 17-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians. He recorded his first career hit off of pitcher Don Hood. Bowling finished the season with a .167 batting average with 0 HR and 2 RBI in 14 games. On November 5, Bowling was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1976 MLB expansion draft.
Toronto Blue Jays (1977)
Bowling was the Toronto Blue Jays opening day right fielder in their first ever game on April 7, as he went 0 for 2 in the Jays 9-5 victory over the Chicago White Sox. On August 26, Bowling hit his first career home run off of Rick Langford of the Oakland Athletics. Overall, Bowling appeared in 89 games with Toronto, batting .206 with 1 HR and 13 RBI.
Bowling would not play in Major League Baseball after the 1977 season, as in 1978, he split time with the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and Iowa Oaks of the American Association, then in 1979, he played for the Indianapolis Indians of the American Association before retiring.
Major League Career (1976–77)
Bowling appeared in 103 games in his career, batting .199 with 1 HR and 15 RBI. He collected 47 career hits.