John Lee Lowenstein (born January 27, 1947) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and designated hitter, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles. He attended the University of California, Riverside, where he played college baseball for the Highlanders from 1966–1968.
|Born: January 27, 1947|
Wolf Point, Montana
|September 2, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 4, 1985, for the Baltimore Orioles|
|Runs batted in||441|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lowenstein hit an extra inning walk-off home run for the Baltimore Orioles to win Game 1 of the 1979 American League playoffs against the California Angels. He also made a spectacular, off-the-wall catch to rob the Phillies' Bo Diaz of a home-run in Game One of the 1983 World Series and hit a home run for the Orioles in Game 2. Lowenstein and the Orioles won the World Series that year, four games to one.
Although he never played in a major league game for them, Lowenstein was briefly a member of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays between the 1976 and 1977 seasons. He was traded by the Indians to the Blue Jays for designated hitter Rico Carty, and reacquired in the same off-season for utility infielder Héctor Torres.
As a member of the Indians, he famously proclaimed himself President and General Manager of the John Lowenstein Apathy Club, since no Indians follower had ever started a John Lowenstein Fan Club during his tenure with the team.
In 1980, after being hit in the back of the neck on the basepaths with a thrown ball, Lowenstein was taken off the field on a stretcher. As he reached the dugout, he abruptly sat up, and pumped his fists to the crowd.
Lowenstein was an announcer for Oriole television broadcasts on Home Team Sports for eleven seasons, working as an analyst with Mel Proctor. After he was told before the 1996 season that he would not be retained, Lowenstein speculated that the Orioles put pressure on Home Team Sports to remove him from the booth.
In 1986, Lowenstein served as a backup color commentator (behind Joe Garagiola and Tony Kubek) on NBC's Game of the Week broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Ted Robinson; Lowenstein and Robinson called the May 17 game between Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox.
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- Wulf, Steve (12 July 1982). "It's The Right Idea For Left". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Loomis, Tom (3 October 1979). "Lowenstein Latest Hero For Baltimore". Toledo Blade. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- "Lowenstein Unlikely Hero as Orioles Win on Homer". Ellensburg Daily Record. 4 October 1979. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Nissenson, Herschel (20 June 1980). "Lowenstein Uses Head To Ignite Victory". The Prescott Courier. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Kent, Milton (22 January 1996). "Lowenstein: Maybe criticism of O's led to 'inexplicable' firing". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
- John Lowenstein at SABR (Baseball BioProject)
- John Lowenstein at Pura Pelota (Venezuelan Professional Baseball League)]
- John Lowenstein Baseball Reference Bullpen