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Sid Bowman

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameSidney Shepherd "Sid"•Bowman
Used nameSid•Bowman
Nick/petnamesSnaky
Born8 June 1907 in Brookhaven, Mississippi (USA)
Died29 April 1986 in Hammond, Louisiana (USA)
Measurements175 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsLSU Tigers, Baton Rouge (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Shortly after graduating from high school in Hammond, Louisiana, Sid Bowman made the US Olympic team by placing second at the 1928 AAU meet, which doubled as the US Olympic Trials. He later competed for LSU in both track and football, starring as a football player, particularly in the 1929 LSU homecoming victory over Sewanee, when he gained 193 yards rushing, and earned the sobriquet “Snaky” because of his running style. In 1931 Bowman signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, and played for two weeks that summer for their Sioux City, Iowa minor league club. He later would play semi-pro baseball for several years. Despite the professional contract, which was not revealed at the time, Bowman competed at the 1932 Olympics after winning the triple jump at the AAU meet, the Penn Relays, and the US Olympic Trials. After the Olympics he returned to Louisiana where he worked for the State Department of Revenue. He is a member of the LSU Sports Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: LJ – 7.29 (23-11) (1932); TJ – 15.19 (49-10) (1934).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Sid Bowman
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) =9 r1/2
1932 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Sid Bowman
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) 7