Harry Lee "Peanuts" Lowrey (August 27, 1917 – July 2, 1986) was an American outfielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Chicago Cubs (1942–43; 1945–49), Cincinnati Reds (1949–50), St. Louis Cardinals (1950–54) and Philadelphia Phillies (1955).
He was born in Culver City, California, and nicknamed as a child by an uncle who, remarking on Lowrey's small size, said, "Why, he's no bigger than a peanut." While Lowrey was growing up in Los Angeles, he worked as a child actor on the Our Gang comedies.
Lowrey the ballplayer stood 5 feet, 8½ inches (1.74 m) tall, weighed 170 pounds (77 kg) and threw and batted right-handed. In a 13-season career, Lowrey posted a .273 batting average with 37 home runs and 479 RBI in 1401 games played. In his late career, he became known as one of the top pinch hitters in the Major Leagues. He set an MLB record with seven consecutive pinch hits in 1952, and the following season made 21 pinch hits to fall one shy of the then-MLB all-time record.
He missed the 1944 season while serving in the Army with the Military Police unit. Lowrey was discharged after six months and rejoined the Chicago Cubs in 1945.
After a brief managing career in minor league baseball, Lowrey returned to the Major Leagues as a coach with the Phillies (1960–66), San Francisco Giants (1967–68), Montreal Expos (1969), Cubs (1970–71; 1977–81) and California Angels (1972).
Lowrey died in Inglewood, California, at the age of 68.
By Dean Hanley
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