Lowrey came to the Cubs during the war years. When Chicago won its last pennant in
1945, he contributed a .283 BA and 89 RBI. But 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 led the NL in pinch hits with 13 in 1952 and 22 in
His nickname stemmed from the fact that his grandfather described the infant
Lowrey as "no bigger than a peanut." Later, when he performed in child bit parts
in silent films, actress Thema Todd reportedly gained his good behavior with promises
to buy him peanuts. He also had a speaking part in The Winning Team, which starred Ronald Reagan as Grover Cleveland Alexander.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 2, 1947: At Wrigley, the Cubs pummel seven Dodgers hurlers to win a second straight from the Dodgers, 12–7. Peanuts Lowrey and Eddie Waitkus, the 1st 10 hitters for Chicago, have five hits apiece.
»May 2, 1948: Rookie OF Hal Jeffcoat has two doubles in the Cubs' 7-run 8th inning as Chicago rolls over Cincinnati 13–4. Peanuts Lowrey goes 4-for-5 in the game.
»September 30, 1958: In the Phillies 6–4, 10-inning win at Pittsburgh, Richie Ashburn clinches the batting title going 3-for-4 to finish at .3495. Willie Mays, leading off in SF's win over St. Louis, is 3-for-5 to finish at .3466. Dave Philley sets a major-league record for consecutive pinch hits when he doubles in the 7th for his 8th straight pinch hit. Peanuts Lowrey had seven straight pinch hits in 1952.