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CLUBHOUSE
CRONICLES

Jimmy Palermo, during a historic 7-day span in May, 1939, saw the meteoric rise of Williams and tragic decline of Gehrig.

THE GAME'S
GOLDEN ERA

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The field seemed vast to a 7-year old who had looked forward to this day for two months.

BREAKING THE COLOR LINE
The year marks the 60th anniversary of the first major league tryout for black players.

SPECIAL COLOR
LINE TIMELINE

Bud Fowler is the first know black players on an integrated team.

BOOMING BATS
of the '50s

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AMERICA'S ORIGINAL
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First sports bar featured 12-inch Farnsworth TV.

BASEBALL
HISTORIANS

Two unsuspecting vintage baseball fans rediscover a "National Treasure."
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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 barrel stamp
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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.

HARRY LOWREY

ALL-STAR: 1946

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

MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR

HARRY LOWREY led the National League in pinch hits with 13 in 1952 and 22 in 1953.
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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 in 1955.

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.


HARRY LOWREY was in the 1952 movie "The Winning Team," which starred Ronald Reagan, Doris Day and Grover Cleveland Alexander (above).
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: 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 WON its 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 career.

HARRY "PEANUTS" LOWREY played for 13 seasons with the Cubs, Reds, Cards and Phils — and ended his big league playing career in 1955.