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Rowland Johnie Office

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Rowland Office played 11 seasons in the majors, mostly as a centerfielder in the National League.

Office went to McClatchy High School in Sacramento, and also attended Sacramento City College. Both schools have produced quite a few major leaguers.

Office was drafted in the fourth round in 1970, and began his minor league career in 1971 hitting .302 for Greenwood. In 1972 he played with Savannah, although his average dropped, and he also made his major league debut with the 1972 Braves, going 2-for-5 in two games. He was half the age of 38-year old Hank Aaron, who played first base that year. He was the youngest player in the 1972 National League, while teammate Rod Gilbreath was the second youngest. Both Gilbreath and Office were drafted in the 1970 amateur draft one round apart.

In 1973 Office played for Richmond, with his batting average dropping to .236. However, in spite of that he was up in the majors for all of 1974, appearing in 131 games and playing almost as many innings in center field as the regular, Dusty Baker.

The following year saw Office as the regular center fielder for the team, while Dusty moved over to right field. Office hit .290, his highest major league average and the best batting average on the 1975 Braves, a team which hit .244.

Office continued as the Braves' regular centerfielder through 1979, although he was not a strong hitter most years. After becoming a free agent at the end of 1979, he became part of the 1980 Montreal Expos, playing a lot of right field. He played little in 1981-83, and was in the minors for parts of 1982 and 1983. In his last minor league season, he appeared in 87 games for Columbus in the Yankees organization, hitting .297 and slugging .514 (and coming to the major league Yankees for two games).

Through the end of 2008 he is the only major league player with the first name Rowland and also the only one with the last name Office.

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