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Sid Bowman

Full name: Sidney Shepherd "Sid" Bowman
Nickname(s): Snaky
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: June 8, 1907 in Brookhaven, Mississippi, United States
Died: April 29, 1986 in Hammond, Louisiana, United States
Affiliations: LSU Tigers, Baton Rouge (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 9T QR
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Triple Jump United States USA 7

Men's Triple Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round 9T 14.35
1928 Summer 20 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group A 5 14.35
1932 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 7 14.87