A righthanded batting leadoff man with fair power, the handsome, mustachioed Bobby
Lowe (along with Kid Nichols and Herman Long
) starred on all five Beaneater (later
known as the Braves) pennant winners of the 1890s, playing second base in an infield
that has been called the 19th century's best. On Decoration Day 1894, Lowe became
the first major leaguer to homer four times in one game, doing it off Cincinnati's
Elton "Iceberg" Chamberlain. The home runs came consecutively, in six at-bats, all
over the 250-foot left-field wall of Boston's Congress Street Grounds, the Beaneaters'
temporary home while their regular park was under repair. After the 20-11 Boston
victory, the crowd showered Lowe with $160 in silver coins.