JOE SEWELL (1898-1990) was thought by some to be the toughest
batter in history to strike out, with just 114 strikeouts in 7,132
at-bats. Sewell was a perennial .300
hitter over 14 seasons with the Yankees and the Indians. A great contact
hitter, his career rate of one strikeout every 63 at-bats is by far the best in
history. Elected to the Hall of Fame by
Veterans Committee in 1977.
Born in Titus, Alabama, Sewell lettered in college football at the University of Alabama in 1917, 1918 and 1919. He led the school baseball team to four conference titles before joining the minor league New Orleans Pelicans in 1920, where he played a partial season before being called up to the big league. Sewell made his major league debut mid-season in 1920 with the World Series champion Cleveland Indians.
Autographed 8 x 10 sepia tone photograph, stamped with The Major League trademark on the verso, copyright 1988.
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