A couple of Panini Prizm Orioles. First Frank.....
And the great Earl Weaver.
Long time minor league pitcher and coach Ken Rowe.
Rowe is an interesting guy. After signing with the Tigers in 1953 it took him 10 years to make a major league appearance. With the 1963 Dodgers he got into 14 games and went 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA. His best game was on August 23 when he came in with two outs in the top of the first against the Braves in L.A. Down 2-0 Rowe kept the Braves powerful lineup in check for more than six innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He allowed one unearned run on 5 hits. Rowe didn't pitch in the '63 Series (I don't know if he was active) but I hope he got a share from his World champion teammates.
He next appeared in the bigs in an Oriole uniform in 1964 and 1965 when he pitched in a total of 12 games. Then it was back to the minors and soon he became a coach and manager in the minors and he served as the Orioles pitching coach for awhile. He was active in the game through 2010 and passed away last year.
On his '65 card he's got the windbreaker-under-the-jersey thing going on. You saw a lot of that back then. For his career Rowe pitched in only 26 games in the majors but in the minors he was a part of 563 games over 15 seasons as a pitcher and countless games as a coach/manager. That's a lot of bus trips.
This is a 'playing card' from a set I've never seen. But it's an oddball and what can be better than an Orioles oddball item?
Is it just me or do the letters that spell out his name on this card look misaligned?