A tall, lean right-handed pitcher from Waco, Texas, Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe was an ace for the Detroit Tigers in 1934-35 when they won consecutive pennants and their first World Series title in the latter season.
Rowe was a useful player in several ways. Not only was he an excellent starting pitcher who won 62 games in his first three full seasons, he was used by Mickey Cochrane out of the bullpen in tight spots too. In addition, Rowe was a fine hitter, one of the best hitting pitchers of the 1930s. He actually served as a pinch-hitter in more than 100 games and hit .285 with five home runs off the bench.
Rowe was a bad-luck pitcher in the postseason, losing five of his six starts despite pitching well in many of them. In Game One of the ’34 Series he retired 22 straight batters as he went 12 innings and defeated the Cardinals, 3-2 for his only postseason victory.
One of three pitchers to appear in three World Series for the Detroit Tigers, along with George Mullin and Wild Bill Donovan.
Won 16 consecutive games in 1934 on his way to a 24-8 record
After World War II (Rowe missed two full seasons while serving), he had a decent second career as a once-a-week starter for the Philadelphia Phillies.
In batting practice at the Polo Grounds, Rowe once hit a baseball into the upper reaches of the center field bleachers, a rare blast.