Peanuts Lowrey

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Peanuts Lowrey
Peanuts Lowrey.png
Outfielder/Third baseman/Pinch hitter
Born: (1917-08-27)August 27, 1917
Culver City, California
Died: July 2, 1986(1986-07-02) (aged 68)
Inglewood, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1942 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
August 30, 1955 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Batting average .273
Home runs 37
Hits 1,177
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Harry Lee "Peanuts" Lowrey (August 27, 1917 – July 2, 1986) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs (1942–1943; 1945–1949), Cincinnati Reds (1949–1950), St. Louis Cardinals (1950–1954) and Philadelphia Phillies (1955).

He was born in Culver City, California, and nicknamed as a child by an uncle who, remarking on Lowrey's small size, said, "Why, he's no bigger than a peanut."[1] While Lowrey was growing up in Los Angeles, he worked as a child actor on the Our Gang comedies.[2][3]

Lowrey the ballplayer stood 5 feet 8 12 inches (1.740 m) tall, weighed 170 pounds (77 kg) and threw and batted right-handed. In a 13-season career, Lowrey posted a .273 batting average with 37 home runs and 479 RBI in 1401 games played. In his late career, he became known as one of the top pinch hitters in the Major Leagues. He set an MLB record with seven consecutive pinch hits in 1952, and the following season made 21 pinch hits to fall one shy of the then-MLB all-time record.[4]

He missed the 1944 season while serving in the Army with the Military Police unit. Lowrey was discharged after six months and rejoined the Chicago Cubs in 1945.[5]

After a brief managing career in minor league baseball, Lowrey returned to the Major Leagues as a coach with the Phillies (1960–1966), San Francisco Giants (1967–1968), Montreal Expos (1969), Cubs (1970–1971; 1977–1981) and California Angels (1972).

Lowrey died in Inglewood, California, at the age of 68.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spink, C.C. Johnson, pub., The 1967 Official Baseball Register. St. Louis: The Sporting News, 1967
  2. ^ http://www.baseballinwartime.com/player_biographies/lowrey_peanuts.htm
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0523224/bio
  4. ^ The Associated Press, October 12, 1954
  5. ^ Bedingfield, Gary. "Peanuts Lowrey". Gary Bedingfield's Baseball in Wartime. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

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Preceded by
Dick Carter
Philadelphia Phillies third base coach
19601963
Succeeded by
George Myatt
Preceded by
Al Vincent
Philadelphia Phillies first base coach
19641966
Succeeded by
Don Hoak
Preceded by
Franchise established
Montreal Expos third base coach
1969
Succeeded by
Dick Williams