Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Bios – Bill Bowman (1895) Chicago Colts
Bill Bowman was the sixth player to make his Major League debut from our list of 384 Cedar Rapids professional baseball alumni who have played in Cedar Rapids either before or after their MLB debut. Bowman made his big league debut on June 18, 1891, playing for the Chicago Colts. Bowman caught 15 games for the Colts while hitting .089 with 1 double and five RBI in 45 at bats in his only major league season. The Chicago Colts finished in second place with a 82-53 record under manager Cap Anson.
Bill Bowman spent nine seasons between 1888 and 1899 in the minor leagues playing for Rockford, the Wheeling National Citys, Sacramento Senators, Rochester Hop Bitters, Buffalo Bisons, Cedar Rapids, New Orleans Pelicans, Mobile Blackbirds and the Worcester Farmers.
Bill Bowman was a member of the 1895 Cedar Rapids squad that played in the Eastern Iowa League under manager John Buchan’s guidance.