Jim Bowie

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James R. Bowie

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First baseman Jim Bowie played a dozen years in the minors and briefly in the majors.

The cousin of NBA player Sam Bowie, Jim was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the 1986 amateur draft and made his pro debut that summer with the Bellingham Mariners. After seven seasons in the Seattle organization, he moved on to the Oakland Athletics system in 1993, hitting .333 with 14 home runs and 101 RBI for the Huntsville Stars. He continued to hit well with the AAA Tacoma Tigers the next year, posting a .314 average to go along with 8 homers, before being called up to the majors in early August when Geronimo Berroa went on the disabled list. He made his big league debut against the Kansas City Royals on August 3, 1994, entering the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning and grounding out against Stan Belinda. He got into 5 more games for the A's, posting a .214 average, before the season prematurely ended due to the strike.

Bowie was back in the minors with the Edmonton Trappers in 1995 and played in the Mexican League in 1996. He joined the San Diego Padres system the next year as a player/coach for the Mobile BayBears. That was his final season as a player, but he continued to coach in the minors for most of the next decade. Overall, Bowie batted .288 with 87 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,263 minor league games. He also made 29 appearances as a pitcher in the minors, posting a 4.76 ERA.

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