McDowell spent seven years playing in the big leagues. He hit .253 with 74 home runs and 169 stolen bases while playing between 1985-1994 for the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves. He hit 18 home runs and stole 25 bases as a rookie for the Rangers and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote in 1985. He had what was arguably the best year of his career in 1986. He hit .266 that season to go along with another 18 home runs, 33 stolen bases, 105 runs scored and 49 RBIs. All of these numbers, except RBIs, were his career highs. McDowell slammed another 14 home runs in 1987, but his power seemed to dry up after that. The Rangers sent him on to the Indians who spun him off to the Braves in 1989. He stayed with Atlanta for the 1989 season, then was sent to the minors, where he stayed until resurfacing again with the Rangers in 1994 for the final 59 games of his career.
McDowell was a standout amateur baseball player. He won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics as a member of the United States baseball team. He won the Golden Spikes Award in 1984, given to the best player in college baseball, while playing at Arizona State and is a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of ASU’s athletic hall of fame and his number was retired by the baseball team.
McDowell is also notable as the first Texas Ranger to hit for the cycle. He accomplished the feat on July 23, 1985 in Arlington against the Cleveland Indians.
Oddibe McDowell – career stats