Today we celebrate the Happy Baseball Birthday of former big league pitcher Schoolboy Rowe.
Lynwood "Schoolboy" Rowe was born in Waco, Texas, on January 11, 1910.
I always feel bad that Schoolboy Rowe seems to get forgotten in Tigers history, myself included.
On April 15, 1933, Schoolboy made his big league debut at age 23 with Detroit, a spectacular six hit, 3-0 shutout over the Chicago White Sox at Navin Field.
Rowe had a good rookie season, a 7-4 record, 3.58 era, in 19 total games for the Tigers.
1934, Schoolboy's second season, was his finest in baseball, producing a 24-8, 3.45 era for the American League Champion Tigers.
In the 1934 World Series, Rowe had a 1-1 record, 2.95 era, as Detroit lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games.
Row pitched for the Tigers through the 1941 baseball season, and part of 1942, compiling a 105-62 record, with a 4.01 era in ten years.
Row went on to pitch for the Brooklyn Dodgers in part of 1942, and then finished up with the Philadelphia Phiilies, in 1943, 46-49.
Schoolboy Row finished his 15 year big league career with a W/L of 158-101 and a 3.87 era.
Lynwood "Schoolboy" Rowe died of a heart attack at the age of just 50, on January 8, 1961, in El Dorado, Arkansas.
Today we say a Happy Birthday to the "Schoolboy," a Detroit Tiger forever.