Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Card of the Day: 3/15/16

1954 Topps #158 Peanuts Lowrey

     Harry Lee Lowrey was born on August 27, 1917 in Culver City, California. In 1937, Peanuts was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent. The Cardinals bought Lowrey's contract from the Cincinnati Reds on September 7, 1950. He played 4+ seasons with the Cardinals, logging 441 games. During that time, Lowrey batted .278 for the club.

     The origin of Peanuts' nickname is something of a mystery, but it is thought to be derived from events on his grandfather's ranch. When Lowrey was a child, he spent time at his grandfather's ranch where several episodes of Our Gang were filmed. Peanuts served as an extra in some of the episodes. It is rumored that actress Thelma Todd offered to buy Harry a bag of peanuts if he behaved properly while on set. Another theory is: Lowrey's grandfather once described Harry "as small as a peanut." It is unclear how Lowrey came about the nickname, but it's abundantly clear that Peanuts Lowrey has one of the coolest monikers in baseball history.

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