Fun facts about Ken Rowe:
-A native of Ferndale, MI, Ken signed with the Tigers in 1953.
-Spent a decade in the minor leagues before making his major league debut, including spending most of 1956 and all of 1957 in military service.
-Was a durable reliever, appearing in 70 games for AAA Spokane in 1962 (9-9, 3.44) and setting a record with 88 games pitched for Spokane in 1964 (16-11, 1.77).
-As a 29-year-old rookie with the Dodgers in 1963, fashioned a 2.93 ERA in 27 and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen.
-Earned his first major league win with three scoreless innings in relief of Larry Sherry on September 26, 1963. Rowe entered in the sixth with L.A. down 4-1 and held the Mets at bay as the Dodgers rallied for a 5-4 victory.
-At the end of his record-breaking minor-league season in 1964, Ken was purchased by the Orioles and had a rough go of it in 4 and two-thirds innings, but rebounded with a 3.38 ERA in six relief appearances in early 1965. Was optioned to Rochester in May, ending his major league career.
-Had his only big league hit in his final at-bat, singling off of Earl Wilson to drive in a run in the Orioles' 7-5 loss to Boston on April 24, 1965. He was 1-for-6 in his career.
-After four seasons in the Orioles organization, retired and began a long coaching career; he managed in the O's chain from 1968 to 1971.
-After a few years away from baseball, Rowe rejoined the Baltimore organization as a pitching instructor in 1975, and has been at it ever since. Went from the Orioles to the Phillies back to the Orioles (including a stint as the major league pitching coach in 1985-1986) to the Yankees to the Indians, where he's found a home for the past 18 years. He's been the pitching coach of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the short-season A New York-Penn League since 2006.