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Lynwood Thomas Rowe

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 4½", Weight 210 lb.

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[edit] Biographical Information

Rowe, ca. 1942

Pitcher Lynwood "Schoolboy" Rowe was 158-101 in the majors during a 15-year career. He pitched in three World Series and was named to three All-Star teams.

He had his best year in 1934, going 24-8 with a 3.45 ERA for the Detroit Tigers and winning 16 consecutive decisions that season. In that year's World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, he retired 22 consecutive batters en route to a Game Two victory. However, he was the losing pitcher in Game Six as the Tigers lost the Series in seven games.

The next season, 1935, Rowe won 19 games as the Tigers reached the World Series again. He lost both of his starts facing Lon Warneke, but he also won Game Three in relief of Elden Auker and Chief Hogsett. The Tigers held on to beat the Chicago Cubs four games to two. His bad luck in the Series continued in 1940, when he lost both of his starts again, against the Cincinnati Reds, this time facing Cincinnati's ace Bucky Walters both times, giving him five defeats in the World Series in his career.

Rowe was often used as a pinch-hitter. He had 28 major league pinch-hits in 101 at-bats. His overall lifetime major league batting average was .263 in 909 at-bats.

During World War II, Rowe left baseball and served in the Navy from February 1944 to November 1945. After his playing career ended, he was a Tigers coach in 1954 and 1955 and was a scout for the club until his death.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 3-time All-Star (1935, 1936 & 1947)
  • 2-time League Winning Percentage Leader (1940/AL & 1946/NL)
  • AL Shutouts Leader (1935)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 4 (1934-1936 & 1940)
  • 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (1934)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 3 (1934-1936)
  • Won a World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1935

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