BAT NO. 1, above, is a Louisville Slugger
(model K48) and is barrel stamped with Lowrey's signature.
BAT NO. 2, below: Lowrey's choice of
lumber in 1955 was a Louisville Slugger (model S166) with signature
THIS BAT, used by Cardinal
Harry "Peanuts" Lowrey,
was brought over from Sportsman's Park
in September 1953. In 1953 Lowrey
had one of the best pinch-hitting seasons to date, stroking
21 pinch-hits (National League record
at that time was 22) in 59 chances,
including five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 15 RBIs.
Although he finished the season with
an overall average of .269, he hit
at a phenomenal .356 clip as a pinch-hitter.
PEANUTS LOWREY USED this bat in a June 1955 series between his Phillies and his previous team, the Cardinals. He was traded by St. Louis after the 1954 season to Philadelphia. He retired before the start of the 1956 season after a respectable 13-year Major League career.
Lowrey was an exceptional pinch-hitter during the 50s
When the Cubs won their last pennant in 1945, Lowrey contributed a .283 batting average and 89 RBIs
HARRY LOWREY led the National League in pinch hits with 13 in 1952 and 22 in 1953.
Harry "Peanuts" Lowrey began his Major
League baseball career on April 14,
1942, with the Chicago Cubs. Lowrey
played for 13 seasons with the Cubs,
Reds, Cards and Phils and
ended his big league playing career
During Lowrey’s 13 Major League seasons he registering a .273 lifetime average, with 1,177 hits and was selected as a National League all-star outfielder in 1946. Very versatile, "Peanuts" played all outfield and infield positions at one time or another during his career.
Lowrey came to the Cubs during the war years. When Chicago won its
last pennant in 1945, he contributed a .283 batting average and
89 RBIs. However, after several years of steady play, he was traded
with Harry Walker to the Reds in 1949 for Frank Baumholtz and Hank
Sauer in one of the best deals the Cubs ever made.
Lowrey slumped in Cincinnati, but upon his sale to the Cardinals
in 1950 his career enjoyed a rebirth. He batted a career high .303
in 1951 and, an exceptional pinch-hitter in the latter part of his
career, led the National League in pinch hits with 13 in 1952 and
22 in 1953.
His nickname stemmed from his grandfather’s observation that, as an infant, Lowrey was "no bigger than a peanut." Later, when he performed in child bit parts in silent films, actress Thelma Todd reportedly gained his good behavior with promises to buy him peanuts.
HARRY LOWREY was in the 1952 movie "The Winning Team," which starred Ronald Reagan, Doris Day and Grover Cleveland Alexander (above).
HARRY LOWREY: Did you know...
...Lowrey was traded in June 1949 by the Chicago
Cubs with Harry Walker to the Cincinnati Reds for Frank Baumholtz
and Hank Sauer.
...Lowrey was purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals in Sept. 1950 from the Cincinnati Reds.
...Lowrey had a speaking part in "The Winning Team," which starred Ronald Reagan and Grover Cleveland Alexander.
...Lowrey was born August 27, 1917 in Culver City, California. He died July 2, 1986 in Inglewood, California at age 68.
WHEN THE CHICAGO CUBS
last pennant in 1945, Lowrey contributed
a .283 batting average and 89 RBIs.
VERY VERSATILE,"Peanuts" played all
outfield and infield positions at one time or another during his
HARRY "PEANUTS" LOWREY
played for 13 seasons with the Cubs, Reds, Cards and Phils and
ended his big league playing career in 1955.