Major League Baseball
High School: C.K. McClatchy
College: Sacramento City
* MLB Career: 11 Years (Atlanta, Montreal, New York Yankees)
* Youngest Player in Major League Baseball (1972)
* .259 Career Batting Average
* 32 Career Home Runs
* 242 Career RBI's
Rowland was a standout at McClatchy High School and Sacramento City College before being drafted in the 4th round in 1970 by the Atlanta Braves. He began his Minor League career in 1971 and made his Major League debut the following year. He was the youngest player in the Major League Baseball that year. He shared outfield responsibilities with future Hall of Famer, Hank Aaron and Sacramento Sports Hall of Famer, Dusty Baker. Rowland was a tremendous defensive player who is famous for making one of the most well-known plays in the history of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium: in 1975 he leaped to catch a ball that appeared to be well over the outfield wall.
Rowland appeared in one of the most famous games in MLB history when he entered the game replacing Aaron in the lineup after Aaron hit his record breaking 715th career home run. Playing next to Baker in the outfield, another SSSHOF inductee, Jerry Royster was in opposing dugout on that historic night.
Rowland also played for the Montreal Expos and New York Yankees. In his 11 seasons, he played in 899 games with 626 hits. He has the second longest consecutive game hitting streak in Braves history, at 29 games. He ended his career with a .259 batting average.