General Frank Joseph
Bowden
Male
United States of America
1908-06-22
Bronx, NY, United States of America
1977-02-28
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, United States of America


About

Wikipedia:

Frank Bowden (1908–1977) was an American tennis player. This is how Allison Danzig of The New York Times described Bowden's playing style "His service was a veritable lightning bolt and if the ball came back, he was up to the net to smother the return with his volleys and kills. His hard forehand and sweeping backhand kept the ball deep to crowd his opponent in the corners and pave the way for successful forages at close quarters".[2] Bowden made his debut in the U. S. championships in 1930 and lost in round two. At the 1931 U.S. Championships, Bowden caused the "biggest upset of the year"[4] by beating Wimbledon champion Sidney Wood in the third round. According to Bill Tilden "Sidney allowed himself to be drawn in. He had to come in because Bowden was shortening up. And once Sidney came up, he left himself wide open for that shot down the sideline or a smart rap across court".[4] Wood admitted afterwards "I was afraid to go to the net".[4] Bowden lost in the quarterfinals to Fred Perry.[5] Bowden continued to play in the U. S. championships until 1947, reaching the last 16 in 1935 and 1940. Bowden was three times a finalist in the national indoor championships (losing the 1937 final to Frank Parker, the 1938 final to Don McNeill and the 1939 final to Wayne Sabin).[2] After serving as a 2nd lieutenant in the US Army in WW2, in Papua New Guinea, and Philippines, he worked as a statistician for the New York Telephone Company.[2]

Frank Bowden Dies
A mass of the resurrection will be offered on Friday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's church for Frank Bowden, 68, of 8 Penn Terrace who died Tuesday at Morristown Memorial after a heart attack. Mr. Bowden was the top tennis player in New Jersey in 1936 and in 1942, was ranked No. 15 among U.S. players. A graduate of Columbia College where he was a member of the swimming team and captained the tennis team, he made a name in Eastern tournaments as a singles and doubled player, winning many events. For three consecutive years from 1937 through 1939 he was finalist in the N.Y. national indoor championships. In 1939 and 1940, Mr. Bowden won the Brooklyn singles crown and in 1940 he was awarded the Thomas H. Gillespie Trophy at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club. Later that summer he won the Kings County singles championship and the Englewood Field Club singles tournament. In 1942 he was selected to play with a U.S. indoor team that toured Denmark, Sweden and France. After his retirement from tournament tennis, Mr. Bowden continued to play regularly and was, for many years, the top player at Chatham Fish & Game Club. Mr. Bowden had been a resident of Chatham for 21 years and had been active in community affairs here as past president of the Chatham Historical Society and past treasurer of the Boro Bicentennial Committee. He also was a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, having served with the armed forces in World War II, and was a member of Company K. 7th Regiment of the New York National Guard. In 1973, Mr. Bowden retired as a statistician for the New York Telephone Co. in New York City where he had worked for 43 years. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; two daughters, Mrs. David Kopelman, M.D. and Miss Margaret Bowden, both of Boston; a son, Frank J. Bowden Jr. of Minneapolis; and four grandchildren. Persons wishing to contribute to Mr. Bowden's memory are asked to do so through the American Heart Association, 9 Pocono Road, Denville, N.J. 07834. William A. Bradley & Son will have charge of the funeral arrangements.

Published in The Chatham Press (Chatham, NJ) on March 3, 1977



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Archive statistics 1928 - 1953
12
217
133


Tournament wins 1939 - New York Metropolitan Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1939 - Brooklyn (Amateur)
1939 - Eastern New Jersey Clay Courts (Amateur)
1938 - Thistle Club (Amateur)
1937 - Brooklyn Heights Casino Indoor Invitation (Amateur)
1936 - New Jersey State Championships (Open)
1936 - Brooklyn Heights Casino Indoor Invitation (Amateur)
1935 - New York Metropolitan Indoor Championships (Amateur)
1933 - New York Metropolitan Clay Court Championships (Amateur)
1933 - Richmond County Clay Court Championships (Amateur)
1931 - North Jersey Coast Championships (Amateur)
1930 - Yonkers City Championships (Amateur)


Tournaments US International Indoor Championships - 1953 US International Indoor Championships - 1950 Eastern Indoors - 1950 US International Indoor Championships - 1949 US International Indoor Championships - 1948 US Open - 1947 US International Indoor Championships - 1947 Brooklyn - 1947 US Open - 1946 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1946 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1946 US International Indoor Championships - 1946 New York State Clay Courts - 1946 US Open - 1942 New Jersey State Championships - 1942 US Open - 1941 Newport Casino Tournament - 1941 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1941 New Jersey State Championships - 1941 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1941 Orange Invitation - 1941 New York State Championships - 1941 US Open - 1940 Nassau Bowl - 1940 Newport Casino Tournament - 1940 New Jersey State Championships - 1940 Southampton Invitation (Long Island) - 1940 Orange Invitation - 1940 US Open - 1939 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1939 Eastern New Jersey Clay Courts - 1939 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1939 French Covered Court Championships - 1939 US International Indoor Championships - 1939 New Jersey State Championships - 1939 Brooklyn - 1939 Danish Covered Courts - 1939 Orange Invitation - 1939 Castle Point - 1939 New York State Championships - 1939 Scandinavian Championships - 1939 Bergen County - 1939 Glen Ridge - 1939 New York Metropolitan Indoor Championships - 1939 Richmond County Clay Court Championships - 1939 US Open - 1938 Nassau Bowl - 1938 Newport Casino Tournament - 1938 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1938 US International Indoor Championships - 1938 Brooklyn - 1938 Thistle Club - 1938 Orange Invitation - 1938 Castle Point - 1938 Richmond County Championship - 1938 US Open - 1937 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1937 Nassau Bowl - 1937 Newport Casino Tournament - 1937 US International Indoor Championships - 1937 Queens County Clay Court Championships - 1937 Brooklyn - 1937 Brooklyn Heights Casino Indoor Invitation - 1937 US Open - 1936 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1936 Nassau Bowl - 1936 US International Indoor Championships - 1936 New Jersey State Championships - 1936 Richmond County Championship - 1936 Brooklyn Heights Casino Indoor Invitation - 1936 Greenbrier Autumn Tournament - 1936 US Open - 1935 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1935 Eastern Grass Court Championships - 1935 New Jersey State Championships - 1935 Buffalo Indoor - 1935 Amackassin Club Invitation - 1935 Greenbrier Autumn Tournament - 1935 New York Metropolitan Indoor Championships - 1935 US Open - 1934 US Open - 1933 Brooklyn - 1933 Hudson Valley - 1933 New York Metropolitan Clay Court Championships - 1933 US Open - 1932 US International Indoor Championships - 1932 Bronxville Invitation - 1932 US Open - 1931 Amackassin Club Invitation - 1931 Greater New York Championships - 1931 North Jersey Coast Championships - 1931 US Open - 1930 Eastern Clay Court Championships - 1930 Quaker Ridge Invitation - 1930 Yonkers City Championships - 1930 British Columbia Championship - 1928

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