Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All Time
Mar 29, 2015; Clearwater, FL, USA; A general view of a Detroit Tigers hat, glove and sunglasses in the dugout against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
6. Schoolboy Rowe
Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe pitched for the Tigers for his first 10 years in the Major Leagues. He was a beloved pitcher who ran the mound, while Hank Greenberg knocked in the runs. Together, they brought the 1934 and ’35 Tigers the pennants. He finished his career with two trips to the All-Star game and a seventh-place vote in the MVP race. In 1934, he won 16 games in a row, finishing the season with 24 wins and 8 losses.
He was appreciated for his size and strength on the mound (he was 6’4 and weighed 210) and for his quirky eccentricities. He was a southern boy from Texas and used his charm to his advantage. He often brought trinkets and charms on the mound for luck and he called on his girlfriend for inspiration during the games. He was known for talking to the ball and for his line, “How’m I doing, Edna?”
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