Last night after reading the first question of BOR Baseball Trivia, I received the terrible news that Bernie Stowe had passed away. Here’s the official press release from the Reds…

February 9, 2016

Reds Mourn Death of Bernie Stowe

The Cincinnati Reds offer condolences to the family and friends of legendary clubhouse manager Bernie Stowe, who died today at age 80.

Reds President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “There is no one in the Reds’ family more loved, admired and respected than Bernie Stowe. For almost 70 years he deeply touched the lives of our players, our coaching staffs and our front office. Bernie and his family have dedicated their entire lives to this organization and to our city, and for that we are forever grateful.”

Stowe began his career with the Reds in 1947 as a clubhouse boy and worked for the team until he retired following the 2013 season. In 2008, he was one of the first recipients of the Powel Crosley Jr. Award, created to honor Reds staff members who show dedication and devotion during extended service to the club.

Bernie is survived by wife Priscilla and children Mark, Kimberly, Jeff and Rick. Mark has been with the team since 1975 and currently works as the visiting clubhouse manager, while Rick became an assistant to his father in 1981 and is in his 20th season as the home clubhouse manager.

My personal experiences with Bernie always became highlights of my day.  We will all remember him for his dedication to the Reds franchise but I think I’ll remember him most as being one of the funniest guys whoever lived.  I’ll also fondly remember the friendship Bernie shared with Joe Nuxhall.  I hope somewhere, right now as I type, the two of them are sitting down somewhere trading barbs and talking about old Reds players.  Rest in peace, Bernie.  We’re gonna miss the heck out of you.


1 Comment

Rest in peace Bernie Stowe. You were truly love by all Reds fans. Robert Ziegler

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