Dick Fowler
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Pitcher
Born: (1921-03-30)March 30, 1921
Toronto, Ontario
Died: May 22, 1972(1972-05-22) (aged 51)
Oneonta, New York
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 13, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics
Last MLB appearance
September 1, 1952, for the Philadelphia Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record66–79
Earned run average4.11
Strikeouts382
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched a no-hitter on September 9, 1945
Member of the Canadian
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Induction1985

Richard John Fowler (March 30, 1921 – May 22, 1972) was a Canadian professional baseball player. Born in Toronto, Fowler was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who appeared in 221 total games pitched—170 of them starts (77 percent)—for the Philadelphia Athletics (19411942 and 19451952). He batted and threw right-handed was listed as 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and 215 pounds (98 kg) (15 stone, 5 pounds).

Career

In his ten-season career, Fowler posted a 66–79 record with 11 shutouts, 75 complete games, 382 strikeouts, and a 4.11 ERA in 1,303 innings pitched, allowing 1,367 hits and 578 bases on balls. He pitched over 200 innings each year from 1946 to 1949, and pitched all 16 innings of a 1–0 loss to the St. Louis Browns in 1942.

During World War II, he served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada regiment in the Canadian Army, whose members wear kilts as part of their ceremonial dress.[1]

Fowler threw a nine-inning 1–0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns at Shibe Park on September 9, 1945, in his first start in three years and his first major league shutout. Fowler allowed four bases on balls and faced 29 batters, two over the minimum. He was aided by two double plays.[2]

Dick Fowler died from kidney and liver ailments[1] at the age of 51 in Oneonta, New York, on May 22, 1972 and last worked as hotel clerk.[3]

Fowler was posthumously named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 1985.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Barkowitz, Ed (24 May 2018), "Dick Fowler's No-Hitter for the Philadelphia A's Comes Back to Life (Sort Of)." Philly.com
  2. ^ Retrosheet box score: 1945-09-09 (2)
  3. ^ "Dick Fowler Stats".
Achievements Preceded byClyde Shoun No-hitter pitcher September 9, 1945 Succeeded byEd Head