Dick Fowler (baseball)
|Born: March 30, 1921|
|Died: May 22, 1972 (aged 51)|
Oneonta, New York
|September 13, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 1, 1952, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.11|
|Career highlights and awards|
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 (1941–1942 and 1945–1952). 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).
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 48th Highlanders regiment of the Canadian Army, whose members wore kilts as part of their ceremonial dress.
Fowler threw a nine-inning 1–0 no-hitter against the Browns at Shibe Park on September 9, 1945. It was Fowler's 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. The no-hitter was the first by an Athletics' hurler since 1916. It was the first MLB no-hitter ever pitched by a Canadian. The second would not occur until May 8, 2018, when the Seattle Mariners' James Paxton, a native of British Columbia, threw a no-hit gem—ironically, in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Fowler was electe posthumously to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
- List of Major League Baseball players from Canada
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- List of Major League Baseball players who spent their entire career with one franchise
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Dick Fowler at Find a Grave
- Joyner, Ronnie (illustration with bio), "Dick Fowler", Sports Collectors Digest, May 13, 2005.
- Baseball Library
- Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society
- The Deadball Era
- Vintage Card Traders
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