Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

John Lowenstein, 1983 Fleer #63

I'm still keeping tabs on Night Owl's breezy and informative 1971 Topps set blog, and you should be too. Just yesterday, he posted John Lowenstein's rookie card, which he shares with pitcher Vince Colbert. I've had this card for a couple years, so I was already acquainted with the strange sight of a clean-faced Brother Lo in an Indians uniform. But I guess I didn't pay close attention to the card when I added it to my own collection. Night Owl highlights the odd factoid about Lowenstein on the card back:

"In a Little League game John was once 6-for-6 with 4 Homers & 14 RBI's, & once walked & scored 6 times in Babe Ruth League."

It's funny enough seeing childhood feats highlighted on a major leaguer's card, but especially so because it's a noted loon like Lowenstein. I agree with Night Owl; I think there's a good chance that Lo goosed his numbers a bit to have a laugh at the expense of the folks at Topps. If not...well, I guess he peaked early.


night owl said...

If one or the other fact was only included, I wouldn't be suspicious. But, two ...

Commishbob said...

He was quite the character. Between him, Moe Drabowsky and a few others the Orioles have had their share.

Kevin said...

Night Owl - Yeah, it sounds like he got greedy.

Bob - I've heard a lot of good Jackie Brandt stories too.