Dick Fowler (baseball)

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Dick Fowler
Dick Fowler.jpg
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
Career highlights and awards
  • Pitched a no-hitter on September 9, 1945

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).

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.

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 electe posthumously to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.

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Preceded by
Clyde Shoun
No-hitter pitcher
September 9, 1945
Succeeded by
Ed Head