Lou Lowdermilk

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Louis Bailey Lowdermilk

  • Bats Right, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Lou Lowdermilk was a pitcher for eight years (1911-1918), two in the majors (1911-1912) and seven in the minors (1912-1918). Lowdermilk was born on February 23, 1887, in Sandborn, IN. He was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 20, 1911, with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for the Cardinals, forming a brother pitching act with Grover Lowdermilk (a wild flamethrower from 1909 to 1920). He played his final MLB game on May 16, 1912 at age 25, also for the Cardinals. He then played in the minors until 1918, including 1916 with St. Joseph in the Western League, ending his baseball career at age 31.

He then served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War I. He later became a miner and an artist. He died at age 88 in St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia, IL and is buried at Summit Prairie Cemetery in Salem, IL.


Principal sources for Lou Lowdermilk include newspaper obituaries (OB), government Veteran records (VA,CM,CW), Stars & Stripes (S&S), Sporting Life (SL), The Sporting News (TSN), The Sports Encyclopedia:Baseball 2006 by David Neft & Richard Cohen (N&C), old Who's Who in Baseballs (none) (WW), old Baseball Registers (none) (BR) , old Daguerreotypes by TSN (none) (DAG), Stars&Stripes (S&S), The Baseball Necrology by Bill Lee (BN), Pat Doyle's Professional Ballplayer DataBase (PD), The Baseball Library (BL), Baseball in World War II Europe by Gary Bedingfield (GB) and independent research by Walter Kephart (WK) and Frank Russo (FR) and others.

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