John Lowenstein

John Lowenstein

John Lowenstein
Left fielder
Born: (1947-01-27) January 27, 1947
Wolf Point, Montana
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 1970, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
May 4, 1985, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
Batting average .253
Home runs 116
Runs batted in 441
Career highlights and awards

John Lee Lowenstein (born January 27, 1947) is a former professional baseball player who played Major League Baseball primarily as an outfielder from 1970 to 1985. He attended the University of California, Riverside, where he played college baseball for the Highlanders from 1966–1968.[1]


  • Playing career 1
  • Broadcaster 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Playing career

Lowenstein was born in Wolf Point, Montana. He is known for being part of a platoon with Gary Roenicke for the Baltimore Orioles.[2][3]

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.[4][5] He also hit a home run for the Orioles in Game 2 of the 1983 World Series.[2]

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.[6]


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.[7]

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. For example, Lowenstein and Robinson called the May 17 game between Kansas City and the Chicago White Sox.


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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube