New Book Commemorates Bowie Bears' 1949 Championships
EL PASO — More than 60 years have passed since Bowie High won the state baseball championships, but their message of perservering and breaking boundaries lives on.
Bowie High school alumni and the five surviving members of the 1949 baseball team were at the high school Thursday.
Everyone gathered to celebrate a new book which shows how the team stepped up to the plate and won the 1949 championship at a time where racial and class separation were hard lined. The team comprised of mostly poor Hispanic players beat the more affluent anglo players and became the state's first high school baseball champions.
The author of the book 'And Then There Were Seven" told News Channel 9 why he feels this book is especially important to not only baseball players but the community as a whole.
"One of the reasons it's important is because it's a story that happened in 1949 were racial tolerance was not as active as it is now, so to speak. the idea is that young people from the Segundo Barrio and barrio to barrio in El Paso, managed to get the title of the Texas championship in baseball is a tremendous achievement," said author Pete Flores.
Profits from book sales will benefit the William C. Hererra student scholarship fund. The surviving players were also recognized by Congressman Reyes Thursday afternoon.