With no Little League program in his hometown of Penticton, B.C., Ted Bowsfield played just six to eight games a year for much of his youth. As he reached his teens, the southpaw’s potential began to emerge. His big break came at a rotary tournament in Lethbridge, Alta., as a 17-year-old, when he pitched against a team of Cuban All-Stars and recorded 17 strikeouts to catch the eye of scouts in attendance.
Bowsfield would sign with the Boston Red Sox in 1954, and after minor league stints in San Jose, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and Minneapolis, the big league club called him up in July 1958. The Penticton native’s debut – a relief appearance – was overshadowed by the performance of Jim Bunning, who tossed a no-hitter for the opposing Tigers that day, but the talented lefty would deliver a number of solid performances of his own that season, including three wins against the archrival New York Yankees. His mastery of the Bronx Bombers would earn him the Bosox Rookie of the Year Award that year.
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