January 8, 1961

Lynwood Thomas (Schoolboy) Rowe

January 8, 1961
Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers Player (1933-1942)
1x World Series Champion
3x All Star

Lynwood Thomas “Schoolboy” Rowe

Detroit Tigers Player (1933 - 1942)

Schoolboy Rowe was born in Waco, Texas and grew up in El Dorado, Arkansas where he was an all-around athlete competing in tennis, golf, football and baseball. He played for the Beaumont Exporters in the Texas League before being brought up to the Detroit Tigers at the start of the 1933 season. Rowe had two strong seasons in 1934 – 1935 leading the Tigers to two A.L. pennants and helping them win the 1935 World Series. He continued his dominance for a few more seasons helping the Tigers win another A.L. pennant in 1940. He was sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942 and on to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1943. Rowe missed the 1944 and 1945 seasons due to wartime service in the U.S. Navy in World War II.  While playing for the Tigers, Rowe compiled a record of 105 – 62 with a 4.01 ERA and 662 strikeouts, while appearing in three All-Star games. Schoolboy Rowe was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1961. He passed away on January 8, 1961 at 50 years of age.