Jenks quarterback Ben Bowling didn't have far to go for counseling as he went through the recruiting process the past few months.
Steve Bowling is Ben's father.
Steve Bowling, now 46 and working in sales in Tulsa, was one of the greatest all-around athletes to come out of Tulsa.
He was a three-sport star at Tulsa Webster High School, making all-state in football and baseball and starting on the basketball team. He continued the same career path at the University of Tulsa, playing punter and offensive back in football and was an outfielder on Gene Shell's nationally prominent baseball team.
Then he signed a pro baseball contract and played two seasons in the major leagues - 1976 as a teammate of Hank Aaron with the Milwaukee Brewers and 1977 with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Ben Bowling, who helped Jenks to the past three Class 6A state football championships, last week signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State.
Every time I heard about the Jenks football team in recent years, I would always hear about Ben Bowling and Rocky Calmus and I knew those guys had to be related to Steve Bowling and the baseball pitching Calmus brothers of the 1960s - Myrle and Richard.
Steve Bowling finally cleared it up for me this week, explaining that Rocky Calmus - now a linebacker at the University of Oklahoma - is the son of Myrle Calmus and the nephew of Richard Calmus.
Myrle Calmus pitched at Oklahoma State in the early 1960s and Richard Calmus teamed with Carl Morton to pitch Tulsa Webster to the 1962 state high school baseball championship. Rich Calmus and Morton were co-players of the year in 1962 and both made it to the major leagues, Calmus with the Dodgers in 1963 and the Cubs in 1967.
Steve Bowling says the recruiting process has changed since he signed a football letter with TU after the 1969 season.
"I don't know that it is any more intense," the elder Bowling says. "The regulations make it more interesting now. Recruits can make only five visits. Before, we could visit as many schools as we wanted to. The coaches didn't have as many regulations as they do now. The head coach can come into the home just one time now.
"Ben was considering OSU, Kansas, Colorado State and Miami and also had an offer from Murray State. The family took a road trip to visit some schools before the recruiting process began. With only five visits, there has to be more planning.
"Ben and I stayed pretty close and I wanted to be available to visit about different situations. I didn't get involved in the decision-making process. I tried to get him to look at everything and see where he would fit best."
When Steve was being recruited 29 years ago, he had his mind set on playing football and baseball in college. OSU and Tulsa said that would work, OU coach Chuck Fairbanks said spring football practice would come first if he became a Sooner.
He played three years of football at TU and four of baseball. Tulsa made it into the NCAA baseball playoffs every year and finished third in the College World Series Bowling's freshman year in 1971.
"I have a lot of great memories," Steve says. "We had tons of talent at TU when I played there. Guys like Steve Rogers, Jerry Tabb, Cliff Butcher, Les Rogers. I didn't play pro baseball too long, but I played with Henry Aaron his last year with the Brewers. He was a great guy and I will always remember that."
Steve was listed at 6-0 and 185 in his playing days. Son Ben is 6-3 and 205.
"He is a lot bigger, a lot faster and a lot stronger than I was," Steve says. OSU fans have to hope he accomplishes the things his dad did.Archive ID: 751495