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Joe Mowry, Sr: Now a Houston Buff with a Face

November 20, 2016
Photo of Joe Mowry, Sr. Houston Buffs (1905-1915) El Paso Herald, September 16, 1910 Found by Bill Hickman

Photo of Joe Mowry, Sr.
Houston Buffs (1905-06, 1908-10, 1912-15)
El Paso Herald, September 16, 1910
Found & Contributed by Bill Hickman

Thanks to the wonderful contributing SABR member from Maryland and Chicago Cubs fan since childhood, Bill Hickman, we at last have a photograph of former Houston Buffs dead ball era catcher Joe Mowry, Sr.  Mowry is significant to the history of the Buffs to this extent. – Over the course of his 9-year official playing record, Joe only appears as as an actual game player in each of those seasons as an on-the-field game-active career contributor to the baseball minor league winning causes of the Houston Buffs.

The e-mail note that Bill Hickman wrote in conjunction with this photo find reads as follows:


The Bill Hickman E-Mail
Hi, Bill  –
Stumbled across the attached photo of an ancient Houston Buffalo, and thought you might be interested.
Joe Mowry, Sr., was an outfielder with the Buffs for eight seasons, which is unusual stability for a minor leaguer.  He had his only chance for big league action when he was called up to the Phils at the end of the 1910 season and sat on the bench, thereby becoming a member of the noted “Bill Sharman Society.”   Documentation comes from the El Paso Herald of September 16, 1910, which reported: “Joe Mowry of the Houston team has been ordered to the Philadelphia Nationals at once and is now on his way to Quakerville.”
Perhaps Joe got his satisfaction in life some years later when his son, Joe Jr., became a full-time major leaguer with the Boston Braves during the 1933-1935 period.
By the way, baseball-reference doesn’t show it, but Joe was quite a speed merchant on the bases.  He stole 45 in 1907.
– Bill Hickman
 The Bill Sharman Society

We shall not presume that every reader knows the meaning of the “Bill Sharman Society” reference that Bill Hickman included as applicable also to Joe Mowry, Sr. Aptly named for one of the great NBA two-sport players of the post WWII era, Bill Sharman, it includes all baseball players who also made it to the roster of big league clubs, but never got to appear in actual regular or post-season games. Sharman’s identity for all those who fell to the same fate is amplified by the fact he not only played professional basketball, but played and coached well enough to later become a two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, having been inducted in 1976 as a player, and in 2004 as a coach. As far as we know, the late Bill Sharman is the only member of “Bill Sharman Society” who may have been “other worldly” in another sport.

Of course, the society has nothing to do with great athletes who actually did play major league baseball and also did fair to very well in other sports too. Bo Jackson of the Kansas City Royals and NFL Oakland Raiders – and MLB/NFL/ great Olympian Jim Thorpe also jump immediately to mind.


Bill Hickman and Our Relentless SABR Research Passion

We are not all relentless about all things baseball, nor does one have to belong to SABR to enjoy the firing up of this engine to learn more about the game’s history and its people and past cultures, nor are we all hot about developing better, fairer, clearer, and more meaningful ways to analyze the game of baseball, nor do all of us have a pointed passionate specific torch burning. Some of us simply enjoy going to the games and being around other baseball people – as in “all of them” – and “all of them.”

Bill Hickman is relentless about baseball photos, especially those of players we have heard about, but never seen. And we now have Bill Hickman again to thank for making Joe Mowry, Sr. a little more real to 2016 baseball people than he was 24 hours ago. Also, The Pecan Park Eagle has no doubt. – If there’s another photo of Joseph Aloysius Mowry, Sr. out there somewhere, – that Bill Hickman will one day “stumble across” it too.

~ Thanks again, Bill Hickman! ~ And Congratulations again, Chicago Cubs! ~ You’re blessed to have some great baseball people as your fans!


 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas