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Kenneth Darrell Rowe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.

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Ken Rowe pitched three years in the major leagues and later spent two seasons as the Baltimore Orioles pitching coach.

Originally signed by the Detroit Tigers before the 1953 season, Rowe played three seasons in their chain before being drafted by the Brooklyn Dodgers. He missed the entire 1957 campaign while serving in the U.S. Army but returned the next summer with the Macon Dodgers. He pitched for the Spokane Indians in 1962, going 9-9 with a 3.44 ERA in 70 relief outings, and reached the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers the next year. As a 29-year-old rookie, he went 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 14 games for the world champion team.

After making a team-record 88 pitching appearances for Spokane in 1964, Rowe's contract was sold to the Orioles in September. He won his first game for Baltimore on September 14th, but in 6 outings for the club that month, he posted a 8.31 ERA. He made the team's Opening Day roster in 1965 and got into a half dozen games before being sent down to the Rochester Red Wings. He continued to pitch in the Orioles organization through 1968 but never made it back to the majors.

After retiring as a player, Rowe managed in the O's chain for several years. He was skipper of the Bluefield Orioles in 1968 and was manager of the Aberdeen Pheasants from 1969 to 1971. He joined Baltimore's staff as pitching coach in 1985, replacing Ray Miller, and held the job through 1986.

Moving to the New York Yankees organization, Rowe was the pitching coach of the Columbus Clippers through 1990. The next summer, he moved on to the Cleveland Indians, where he became pitching coach for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He held the same role with the Kinston Indians of the Carolina League in 1996 and 1997 and the Buffalo Bisons of the International League in 1999 and 2000. He returned to Kinston in 2003 and was back with Buffalo in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, Bisons manager Marty Brown credited Rowe with turning the staff around when he took over the pitching coach duties in June. He was later the pitching coach for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the New York-Penn League from 2006 to 2010.

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