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Play Ball   baseball card - 1943 Series, #037

Harry Lee "Peanuts" Lowrey (August 27, 1917 — July 2, 1986) was a outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs (1942-43, 1945-49), Cincinnati Reds (1949-50), St. Louis Cardinals (1950-54) and Philadelphia Phillies (1955).

He was born in Culver City, California, and nicknamed by an uncle as a child, 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, 8½ inches (1.7 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]

After a brief managing career in minor league baseball, Lowrey returned to the major leagues as a coach with the Phillies (1960-66), San Francisco Giants (1967-68), Montreal Expos (1969), Cubs (1970-71; 1977-81) and California Angels (1972).

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

References

  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

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