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Bernie Stowe was the history of Reds baseball

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Paul Daugherty wrote a wonderful article on  the passing of Bernie Stowe for this morning

It is hard to imagine the things Bernie Stowe saw in a career which started as a batboy in 1947 and ended as Senior Clubhouse and equipment  manager in 2014.  Meaning he started working for  The Reds  manged under Johnny Neun and  retired with team managed under Bryan Price.   he saw the 1961 NL penant winner the Big Red machine rise and fall of the Big Red Machine the lean years of the early 1980s the wire to wire 1990 champs. Seeing the Reds go from an all white team in 1947 to the interagtion of the first african American  Red  Chuck  Harmon .in 1954.  Now the   Reds clubhouse is muliti raced and multicultured. He worked at Crosley  Field, Riverfront  Staduim/cinergy Field(where he would often have the players beat the heat by sticking cabbage leaves soaked in amoania water under their caps), and Great  American Ball Park . This time of year he would have gotten ready for spring training at Al Lopez Field in Tampa FL,Plant city  Stadium in plant city FL, Ed smith stadium in Sarasota FL,or Goodyear stadium in Goodyear AZ,  Beside his longevity, he became freinds with many of the Reds players and Broadcasters makinng sure they had what they need to play thier best. celebrating  with them when they broke records and  threw  a prefect game.   He was also there for times stuggle to pep a player up.

The best honor for Bernie was that his sons Mark and Rick followed him into the family bussiness working in the family bussiness. He has taught them well. I have no dobut they will do the same great job they have always done.   As they walk into the clubhouse named for their dad I know that all the Reds family will be there to help them through an emmtional time. My prayers go out to the Stowe family.


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