After spending eight of his first nine ML seasons as a utility man with the Indians
(1970-77) and the Rangers (1978), Lowenstein was picked up on waivers by Baltimore.
The lefty was platooned against righthanded pitchers and became a favorite of manager
Earl Weaver for his intelligence and attitude. Lowenstein reached his peak in 1982
when, platooning in left field, he hit .320 with 24 HR, 66 RBI, 69 runs, and 54 walks
(all career highs) in just 322 at-bats (122 games). His .602 slugging average and
7.5 HR percentage would have led the majors if he had had enough at-bats to qualify.
And he led all outfielders in fielding, going the entire season (111 games) without
Even when not posting such spectacular numbers, Lowenstein was consistently
valuable for the Orioles. In 1979, he missed much of the stretch run with a badly
sprained ankle, but in Game One of the LCS he pinch hit. In the bottom of the tenth
inning with the score tied 3-3 with two out and two on, he hit an opposite field
homer off the Angels' John Montague. Lowenstein followed this in the World Series
with a pinch two-run double in the eighth inning of Game Four as the Orioles rallied
for six runs after being down 6-3. In 1983 he hit a WS homer in Game Two to tie the
game in an eventual 4-1 victory as Baltimore won the first of four straight to become
»July 29, 1972:
Brooks Robinson hits a 2-out home run in the 11th to give Baltimore a 4–3 win over the Indians. Frank Duffy hits his 1st ML home run for the Tribe and John Lowenstein hit a home run in the 9th to briefly give the Indians the lead.
»October 3, 1979: John Lowenstein's 3-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning gives the Orioles a 6–3 win over the Angels in the first game of the ALCS.
»October 13, 1979: Baltimore scores six runs in the 8th inning en route to a 9–6 win, taking a 3-games-to-one advantage. Pinch-hit doubles by John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley drive in four runs.