20 Facts About Pants Rowland


Clarence Henry "Pants" Rowland was a Major League Baseball manager for the Chicago White Sox from 1915 through 1918 who went on to become a major figure in minor league baseball.

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Pants Rowland started in baseball at age nine, where he earned his nickname, "Pants", from base-running antics while wearing his father's workday overalls at games of the Dubuque Ninth Street Blues.

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Pants Rowland worked as a scout in the Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League—the so-called "Three-I" League—for the Dubuque Miners.

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Pants Rowland worked his way into a managerial job, which proved to be his early calling.

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Pants Rowland then became the manager of the Three-I League Peoria Distillers in 1914.

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Pants Rowland served as an American League umpire for five years, calling games with the likes of Babe Ruth.

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Pants Rowland signed the right-handed pitcher for $185,000, one of the most expensive loss leader contracts in baseball history to that point.

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Pants Rowland was the president of the Los Angeles Angels in 1944, where he earned The Sporting News title of No 1 minor-league executive.

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Pants Rowland was the cheerleader for the PCL battle cry of independence.

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Pants Rowland took on major league baseball commissioners Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Happy Chandler, trying to free the league from losing players to the American and National League for a minuscule $7,500 buyout of their contract.

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Pants Rowland went to the 1944 winter meetings of the NABPL in Buffalo with a two-plank agenda.

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Pants Rowland proposed that minor leagues get $10,000 instead of $7,500 when one of their players is drafted by a major-league club.

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Pants Rowland tried his hand at establishing the PCL as a major league after Chandler had succeeded Landis.

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At a meeting in September 1951 in San Francisco, California, Pants Rowland led the charge of the club owners, who voted to serve an ultimatum on the majors.

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Pants Rowland stepped down as PCL president at the close of the 1954 seasons after 11 seasons in office.

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Pants Rowland then returned to the Cubs as a vice president and was VP emeritus of the club at the time of his death at age 91.

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Pants Rowland died in Chicago, the hometown of the team he managed.

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Pants Rowland is interred in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois.

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Pants Rowland was a 1964 inductee in the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.

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Pants Rowland was inducted into the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame in 2005.

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