Grover Cleveland Lowdermilk
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 190 lb.
- Debut July 3, 1909
- Final Game May 12, 1920
- Born January 15, 1885 in Sandborn, IN USA
- Died March 31, 1968 in Odin, IL USA
Grover Lowdermilk had a nine-year major league career as a pitcher in the dead-ball era. He traveled around a lot in the majors, so he played with many of the stars of the time. He also was quite good in the minors (see career highlights below).
In 1912, Grover was briefly with the Chicago Cubs, playing with Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers. Frank Chance was by then managing the team. Mordecai Brown was also on the pitching staff at the age of 35.
After spending parts of three seasons with the Browns again, Grover came to the Chicago White Sox to close out his career in 1919 and 1920. There, he played with the Black Sox, but was not one of them. He pitched one inning in the 1919 World Series.
In general, his ERA's tended to be better toward the last half of his career. Early on, he had been a hard-throwing pitcher compared to Walter Johnson, but he tended to walk too many batters. In 590 1/3 lifetime innings, he walked 376 batters. In 1915, he struck out a career-high 148 batters, but still managed to walk more - 157.
Lowdermilk holds the minor league single season strikeout record with 465 in 1907. He fanned 458 with Mattoon in the Eastern Illinois League, and an additional seven with Decatur in the Three-I League.
"Lowdermilk, who has bobbed in and out of the big show since the lamented Hector was a pup, seems to be rather better, certainly steadier and more reliable, than he ever was before." - Baseball Magazine, August 1918
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1915)
- Led 1907 Eastern Illinois League with 33 wins and 458 strikeouts
- Led 1910 Three-I League with 25 wins and 141 bases on balls
- Led 1913 American Association with 197 strikeouts
- Led 1914 American Association with 254 strikeouts
- Led 1917 American Association with 25 wins and 250 strikeouts
- James E. Elfers: "Grover Lowdermilk", in Jacob Pomrenke, ed.: Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 112-115. ISBN 978-1-933599-95-3