Lynnwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe
(January 11, 1910 – January 8, 1961) was an American
in Major League Baseball
, primarily for the Detroit Tigers
(1932–42) and Philadelphia Phillies
(1943, 1946–49). He was a three-time All-Star
(in 1935, 1936, and 1947), and a member of three Detroit Tigers
World Series teams: 1934, 1935, and 1940.
Early years (1925-1933)
Born in Waco, Texas
, the 6'4", Rowe was an all-around athlete, competing in tennis, golf, and football, as well as baseball. He received his nickname, "Schoolboy," while playing on a men's team as a fifteen-year-old high school student. In 1932, Rowe played for the Beaumont Exporters
in the Texas League
, leading the league with a 2.34 ERA
and winning 19 games. The 1932 Exporters won 100 games and the Texas League championship, with Rowe pitching and future Detroit Tigers
teammate Hank Greenberg
leading the team in batting. Greenberg and Rowe were both called up to the Tigers in 1933.
The 1934 and 1935 American League pennants
Rowe joined the Tigers in 1933, and the following year won 24 games (a 24-8 record), including an American League
record sixteen consecutive wins. In the 1934 World Series
against the Cardinals' Gashouse Gang
, Rowe was 1-1 in two starts with a 2.95 ERA. In Game 2, Schoolboy pitched a 12-inning complete game, allowing two earned runs, and retiring 22 consecutive batters. In Game 6, Rowe pitched another complete game, allowing four runs, but Paul......