Bowie Kuhn: A Catholic Who Came Back to Faith
Bowie was brought up Catholic in Washington, DC. His greatest influences came from his grandmothers and his mother, who were very devout Catholics who deeply loved the Lord Jesus. He had a good beginning in the faith, but when he joined the Navy during World War II at the age of 17, he began to drift away from God. He didn’t actually stop being Catholic, but he stopped going to confession and taking communion, even though he continued to attend Mass. For 30 years he drifted as a cultural Catholic, during which time he served as the commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1984. Soon after leaving that post, Fr. C. John McCloskey sought him out and called him back to God through Jesus Christ. Bowie Kuhn passed away in March 2007.