TWJ contributor Patrick sent these over a few days ago, but I hadn’t had a chance to post until today. Bernie Stowe was a beloved part of the Cincinnati Reds club, though he never got a hit nor scored a run for the team.
Just how much did Stowe mean to the players? Here are some quotes lifted from Twitter…
Tom Hume (@THume47): “Bernie Stowe was my second father. I’ve been around him since 1975. His wife Pricilla and family r the best. Our prayers r with them.”
Doug Flynn (@BLFishing): “Lost a dear friend and Reds Icon Bernie Stowe. Lovely man who took a many young snotty nose kid under his care and protection. Loved him.”
Eddie Taubensee (@EddieTaubensee): “Every @Reds player for the past 50 years know that Bernie was what Reds represented. Praying for the Stowe family.”
Danny Graves (@dgravy32): “Bernie Stowe was the Ultimate Cincinnati Red! To me, he was bigger than the Big Red Machine! He will be missed! ”
Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5): “Deeply saddened to hear about Mr. Stowe’s passing. At least he’s now in better hands than mine. I’ll miss you Bernie”
Wonderful tributes to a man who meant more to the organization than outsiders will ever understand.