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1957 Topps #233 Art Fowler

John Arthur Fowler

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.

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The brother of Jesse Fowler, pitcher Art Fowler made his big league debut with the Cincinnati Redlegs in 1954 at age 31. The brothers' major league debuts were separated by 29 years, easily a record (next were Gus Williams and Harry Williams, and John Paciorek and Jim Paciorek, both at 23 years apart). Fowler's main teammates were Ted Kluszewski, Gus Bell, Johnny Temple and, with the Los Angeles Angels, Albie Pearson.

Fowler later was a major league coach, primarily on the staff of his close friend, manager Billy Martin. In his final season, he was a player-coach with the Angels in 1964 and became a member of the Minnesota Twins staff in 1969, when he first worked for Martin. He then had stints with the Detroit Tigers from 1971 to 1973 and the Texas Rangers from 1973 to 1975. He became the New York Yankees pitching coach in 1977 and remained with the team through 1979. He followed Martin to the Oakland Athletics from 1980 to 1982. He returned to the Yankees as pitching coach in 1983 and again in 1988.

Fowler was also the uncle of former big league coach Rick Adair.

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