Lohrke gained the nickname Lucky when he was called off the Spokane (Western International
League) team bus 15 minutes before its departure. Lohrke was headed for Triple-A;
the bus was headed for disaster. It crashed into a ravine, killing eight players.
Lohrke went on to become the Giants regular third baseman in 1947 and a utility man
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 24, 1946:
A bus careens off a Cascade Mountain pass road, killing nine members of the Spokane (Western International League) club. Jack Lohrke, a young infielder, had gotten off the bus at its last stop before the accident, on orders to report to San Diego. The future Giant and Phil will be known ever after as Lucky.
»August 31, 1947: Despite a 10–4 loss to the first-place Dodgers, the Giants' Jack Lohrke homers to set a season record for home runs by a club. The Giants have now hit 183 home runs, topping the 182 hit by the 1936 Yankees. They will end the season with 221 round trippers.
»January 13, 1954: The Pirates trade workhorse Murry Dickson to the Phils for P Andy Hansen and IF Jack "Lucky" Lohrke. Dickson led the league in losses the past two years and will lead it again in 1954.