Rex Bowen

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Jack Rex Bowen

  • Bats Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 175 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Rex Bowen was a major league scout for decades. His brother Joe Bowen and grandson Jackie Bowen also were scouts.

Rex Bowen debuted in 1935 with the Albany Travelers, hitting .287 with 27 doubles as a starting infielder. He split 1936 between Albany (.245, .380 SLG in 62 G) and the Asheville Tourists (.228, .335 SLG in 39 G). In 1937, he hit .345 in 25 games for the Fostoria Red Birds to end his playing career. He managed Fostoria for part of 1937 and the Thomasville Dodgers for part of 1945.

The rest of his career was spent as a scout. He was with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1943-1950, the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1950-1967 (the last 12 as scouting director) and the Cincinnati Reds from 1967-1975 (as special assistant to the GM). He later was a Reds consultant from 1975-1990. He signed Bill Mazeroski, Maury Wills, Dick Groat, Eddie Miksis, Ray Moore, Bob Milliken, Roger Craig, Bruce Dal Canton, Gene Freese and George Freese among others. In 2000, Baseball America named him one of the top 10 scouts of the 20th Century.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Playoffs Notes
1937 Fostoria Red Birds Ohio State League 6th -- replaced Red Jenkins on Jul 26, replaced by Red Jenkins on Aug 23
1945 Thomasville Dodgers North Carolina State League 7th replaced Red Kaiser