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1935 Tiger Bio – Schoolboy Rowe

Lynwood Thomas “Schoolboy” Rowe was the co-ace of the Tigers during the 1930s (along with Tommy Bridges). Like a lot of Tigers who played at this time, he actually had a better season the year before. In 1934, his first full season with the Tigers, he led the team in wins (24) and ERA (3.45 among starters). He played with the Tigers through 1942, and ended his career with 148 wins and a 3.87 ERA (ERA+ of 110).

1935 was a stepdown for Schoolboy, but it was an impressive season none the less. He finished second in the league with a 1.233 WHIP, and won 19 games. His 140 strikeouts put him second in the American League, just behind teammate and league leader Tommy Bridges. His six shutouts led the league. Rowe also seconded as a closer, as he finished thirteen games and saved one.

Bridges and Rowe were the workhorses of the staff. The two combined to pitch over 40% of the Tigers innings during 1935, and without either one, the Tigers would have had a tough time winning their first World Series.

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