Dick Fowler5 Dick Fowler et son bras puissant de 18 ans ont fait tourner bien des têtes lors du camp d’entraînement des Maple Leafs de Toronto en 1939. La sensation locale a fait ses débuts avec l’équipe de sa ville natale l’année suivante et les Athletics de Philadelphie de Connie Mack ont fait l’achat de son contrat plus tard cette même année.

The 6-foot-5 hurler made his big league debut on September 13, 1941 and followed that up by pitching in 31 games for the Athletics the following year, including one stint where he tossed 16 innings in a 1-0 loss. After his first full season in the majors, he was called for military duty and served in the Canadian army for three years. In his first start upon his return, the powerful right-hander would no-hit the St. Louis Browns on September 9, 1945. Fowler remains the only Canadian to throw a no-hitter in the big leagues.

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