Friday, January 8, 2010

#33 Art Fowler

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John Arthur Fowler
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11" , Weight: 180 lb.
Born: July 3, 1922 in Converse, SC

Purchased by the Los Angeles Angels from the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 26, 1961.
Later released by the Los Angeles Angels on September 8, 1962, resigned as a free-agent for the 1963 season, then released again on May 16, 1964.

Starting pitcher against Detroit at Wrigley Field, LA on May 28, 1961. Gave up 2 runs on 3 hits over 6 innings for a no-decision in a 9-4 loss.

1961 - 1964
In 162 games (3 as a starter) went 14-16 with a 3.16 ERA and 27 saves.

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Fowler was born in Converse, South Carolina. His brother Jesse pitched for the 1924 St. Louis Cardinals. Jesse was nearly 24 years older than Art, and the Fowlers hold the record for the largest age difference between brothers who played Major League baseball. Art Fowler pitched 10 years in the minor leagues with a record of 140-94. Finally reaching the major leagues at the age of 31, Fowler made his major league debut in relief on April 17, 1954 against the Milwaukee Braves at Milwaukee County Stadium. His first big league win came in his first start, a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on April 25 at Crosley Field. He had a good rookie season, finishing 12-10 with a 3.83 earned run average. He ranked ninth in the National League with 227-2/3 innings pitched. In 1955 and 1956, his last years as a regular starter, he combined for a 22-21 record with an ERA of 3.97. He started seven games for Cincinnati in 1957, and then appeared almost exclusively in relief thereafter.
After a poor year with the Dodgers in 1959, Fowler resurfaced in the major leagues in 1961 at age 38 with the expansion Los Angeles Angels. He, along with Tom Morgan, and later Jack Spring and Julio Navarro, were the Angels' most reliable pitchers out of the bullpen during their first three seasons. Fowler's combined record from 1961 to 1963 was 14-14 with 26 saves and a 2.96 ERA in 158 games. He was released by the Angels on May 15, 1964 at age 41, the oldest player to appear in an American League game that season.

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