|Born: March 30, 1921|
|Died: May 22, 1972 (aged 51)|
Oneonta, New York
|September 13, 1941, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 1, 1952, for the Philadelphia Athletics|
|Earned run average||4.11|
|Career highlights and awards|
Richard John Fowler (March 30, 1921 - May 22, 1972) was a Canadian professional baseball player. Born in Toronto, Fowler was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who appeared in 221 total games pitched--170 of them starts (77 percent)--for the Philadelphia Athletics (1941-1942 and 1945-1952). He batted and threw right-handed was listed as 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and 215 pounds (98 kg) (15 stone, 5 pounds).
In his ten-season career, Fowler posted a 66-79 record with 11 shutouts, 75 complete games, 382 strikeouts, and a 4.11 ERA in 1,303 innings pitched, allowing 1,367 hits and 578 bases on balls. He pitched over 200 innings each year from 1946 to 1949, and pitched all 16 innings of a 1-0 loss to the St. Louis Browns in 1942.
Fowler threw a nine-inning 1-0 no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns at Shibe Park on September 9, 1945, in his first start in three years and his first major league shutout. Fowler allowed four bases on balls and faced 29 batters, two over the minimum. He was aided by two double plays. The no-hitter was the first by an Athletics' hurler since 1916. It was the first MLB no-hitter ever pitched by a Canadian-born pitcher. The second would not occur until May 8, 2018, when the Seattle Mariners' James Paxton, a native of British Columbia, threw a no-hit gem--ironically, in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Fowler was posthumously named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 1985.
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