Bobby Stow

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Robert Carleton Stow

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Bobby Stow began his baseball career as a 22-year-old shortstop with the Bridgeport Orators. Best known for his defense and speed, Stow stuck with Bridgeport as they switched names twice, to the Bridgeport Crossmen and Bridgeport Bolts, and leagues from the Connecticut League to the Eastern Association. He hit .265 in 1910, .256 in 1911, .227 in 1912, .267 in 1913 and .255 in 1914.

After starting the 1915 season with the Oakland Oaks and hitting .199, Stow moved to the Ft. Worth Panthers. He would spend most of the next ten years in the Texas League. He led the league in fielding percentage six times and stolen bases five times. He often hit under .250 in the TL, only twice topping that mark and never going over .271.

During the course of his career Stow also spent time with the Atlanta Crackers, Dallas Submarines, Shreveport Gassers, Dallas Steers and finally ended his career back in Connecticut spending two seasons with the New Haven Profs. In 2004, Stow was named to the first class of the Texas League Hall of Fame.