Date and Place of Birth: March 30, 1921 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 22, 1972 Oneonta, New York
Military Unit: Royal Canadian Infantry
Area Served: Canada
Major League Stats: Dick Fowler on Baseball-Almanac
Richard J “Dick” Fowler was
born on March 30, 1921 in
right-hander signed with
Fowler was a regular with
the Athletics in 1942, making 31 appearances for a 6-11 record and
4.95 ERA. With the end of the 1942 season came military service for
Fowler. He returned to
On August 15, 1945, Fowler
was discharged from military service. He returned home to his family
At that point, Milt Byrnes was on first after drawing a walk, but Fowler got Finney to ground into a double play to end the threat.
“My curve and my change-up were working perfectly,” Fowler said. “And I’m certainly glad this game came against the Browns. They beat me 1 to 0 in a 16-inning game here in 1942.”
Fowler’s no-hitter proved to
be his only win of 1945. He made another two starts and finished the
season with a 1-2 record and 4.82 ERA. In 1946, Fowler was 9-16 for
a team that lost 105 games, but as the Athletics improved in 1947,
he had one of his best seasons. Fowler won 12 games that year
(second best on the Athletics behind fellow Canadian, Phil
Marchildon, who won 19), and his 2.81 ERA was third best in the
American League. He led the Athletics with 15 wins in 1948 and
repeated that win total in 1949, the year he became an American
citizen. It was also his last good season in the majors. Fowler
continued to pitch with the Athletics until 1952, but he never won
more than five games in a season and was back in the minors pitching
After retiring from baseball, Fowler worked as a night deskman at the Oneonta Hotel. He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.
Dick Fowler passed away at the A O Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta on May 22, 1972. He was 51 years old.
Created March 2, 2008.
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