“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Springfield in Greene County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

William L. (Bill) Rowe

William L. (Bill) Rowe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
1. William L. (Bill) Rowe Marker

Born December 4, 1939 in Marionville, Mo., to Loy and May (Bigelow) Rowe
Married to late wife Grace Ann (French) Rowe, 1968
Married to Nydia May (Jenkins) Rowe June 6, 1981
Father to Jeff and Nancy; Papa to Gracie, Drew and Ellie

Student, athletics coach and administrator at Missouri State University, 1957-2009
Established baseball 1964; head coach 1964-1982 recorded 394 wins, 230 losses, 1 tie
Teams won MIAA Championships in 1969, 1970, 1979; played in seven NCAA II tournaments
Teams played in NCAA Division II College World Series 1969, 1970, 1978, 1982
Coached nine All-Americans; 17 pro signees; major leaguers Mark Bailey and Scott Bailes
First person to have his MSU baseball number (#22) retired, 2004
MSU Business Manager of Athletics, 1964-1982; Director of Athletics, 1982 until retirement in 2009
Member Mid-Continent Conference, 1982-1990; winning 30 league titles and four all-sports titles
MSU joined Missouri Valley Conference 1990; MVC all-sports champion 2000, 2002, 2003
MSU made 45 NCAA Division I team appearances; 10 national invitational appearances
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four years on NCAA FCS football committee, including one year as chairman
Served six years on NCAA Baseball Rules committee, all six years as chairman
Developed/renovated Plaster Sports Complex, Forsythe Athletics Center, Hammons Student Center, Hammons Field, JQH Arena
MSU Outstanding Alumnus award, 1988; MSU Wall of Fame, 2015
MVC John Sanders Spirit of the Valley award, 2006
American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 1988
MSU Athletics Hall of Fame, 1994; Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame, 1998
Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2004
National Association of College Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame, 2009

Recognized as a
Missouri Sports Legend
May 2016

Erected 2016 by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1981.
Location. 37° 7.245′ N, 93° 13.016′ W. Marker is in Springfield, Missouri, in Greene County. Marker can be reached from East Stan Musial Drive south of U.S. 60. Marker is outside the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3861 E Stan Musial Dr, Springfield MO 65809, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cheryl Burnett (here, next to this marker); Jerry Hughes (here,
William L. (Bill) Rowe Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jason Voigt, April 5, 2021
2. William L. (Bill) Rowe Marker
next to this marker); Gene Verlon Bess (here, next to this marker); Gary R. Pinkel (here, next to this marker); Dr. Mary Jo Wynn (here, next to this marker); Charles Graham "Charlie" Spoonhour (here, next to this marker); Jon Thomas Sundvold (here, next to this marker); The Catch (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Springfield.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 20, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.

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Sep. 22, 2023