Nomar4prez wrote:Larry Gowell
HS Kid from Lewiston, Maine
Drafted in the 4th round by the Yankees in 1967 draft:
Pitched in 2 games--started 1:
7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 BB, and 7K's....but the loss
....but he never played again
Hello people......Dunno if anyone still remembers this old thread (or cares)
but.......I had a couple of answers about these people so I figured why not.
I sort of "knew" Larry Gowell, and I have a good guess about why he never pitched again in the ML.
At the time, I was in school in Milwaukee, and, being a Yankee fan, I tried to get to County Stadium whenever the Yanks were in town. After a game in September, I was hanging out by the Yanks' clubhouse door and talked to some of the players. One of them came up to me (for no particular reason) and asked if I could GIVE A RIDE to him and one of the other guys. Larry Gowell was the other guy. He had just been called up ...... hadn't been in a game yet. The NEXT day, the Brewers were winning in a blowout, SO THE YANKS GAVE THE KID A CHANCE. He was terrific -- shut out the Brewers for a couple of innings. I was extra-excited because I was the only one in the ballpark who had any idea who Gowell was. As you noted, he later got that one start, and did very well although he took the loss.
AS TO WHY HE NEVER PLAYED AGAIN: During our ride, he spoke of how his RELIGION limited his playing time. He was (and, I imagine, is) a practicing Seventh-Day Adventist, which means NOT WORKING ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY (just like Orthodox Jews). Obviously this makes it tough to keep a roster spot, even for a pitcher. I assume that's the reason he never got another shot.
By the way......as you might gather, he seemed like a terrific guy. I was sorry he didn't see more ML time, but hopefully and probably he's had a nice and satisfying life regardless.