Joe Sewell Stats

Joe Sewell was born on Sunday, October 9, 1898, in Titus, Alabama. Sewell was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 10, 1920, with the Cleveland Indians. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Joe Sewell baseball stats page.

"The toughest batter in history to strike out, with just 114 strikeouts in 7,132 at-bats, Joe Sewell was a perennial .300 hitter over 14 seasons with the Yankees and Indians . In 1920, Cleveland summoned Sewell from the Minors to replace the late Ray Chapman at shortstop, and the rookie batted .329 down the stretch to lead the Indians to the pennant. A great contact hitter, his career rate of one strikeout for every 63 at-bats is by far the best in history , and his three strikeouts in 1932 are the fewest ever for a full season." - National Baseball Hall of Fame (05/19/2013, 'Joe Sewell', Source )
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#76)
Joe Sewell Autograph on a 1961 Fleer Baseball Card (#76)

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Birth Name:
Joseph Wheeler Sewell
Nickname:
Joe
Born On:
10-09-1898  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Titus, Alabama
Year of Death Data Died On:
03-06-1990 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Mobile, Alabama
Cemetery:
Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Click For Grave Photo
High School:
Wetumpka High School (Wetumpka, AL)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-07
Player Weight Chart Weight:
155
First Game:
09-10-1920 (Age 21)
Last Game:
09-24-1933
Draft:
Not Applicable
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1920 22 Indians 22 70 14 23 4 1 0 0 12 9 - 4 3 - 1 - .329 .413 .414
1921 23 Indians 154 572 101 182 36 12 4 0 93 80 - 17 20 - 11 - .318 .412 .444
1922 24 Indians 153 558 80 167 28 7 2 0 83 73 - 20 19 - 6 - .299 .386 .385
1923 25 Indians 153 553 98 195 41 10 3 0 109 98 - 12 24 - 7 - .353 .456 .479
1924 26 Indians 153 594 99 188 45 5 4 0 106 67 - 13 22 - 2 - .316 .388 .429
1925 27 Indians 155 608 78 204 37 7 1 0 98 64 - 4 23 - 4 - .336 .402 .424
1926 28 Indians 154 578 91 187 41 5 4 0 85 65 - 6 21 - 8 - .324 .399 .433
1927 29 Indians 153 569 83 180 48 5 1 0 92 51 - 7 23 - 9 - .316 .382 .424
1928 30 Indians 155 588 79 190 40 2 4 0 70 58 - 9 25 - 7 - .323 .391 .418
1929 31 Indians 152 578 90 182 38 3 7 0 73 48 - 4 41 - 5 - .315 .372 .427
1930 32 Indians 109 353 44 102 17 6 0 0 48 41 - 3 13 - 7 - .289 .374 .371
1931 33 Yankees 130 484 102 146 22 1 6 0 64 61 - 8 17 - 9 - .302 .390 .388
1932 34 Yankees 125 503 95 137 21 3 11 0 68 56 - 3 14 - 3 - .272 .349 .392
1933 35 Yankees 135 524 87 143 18 1 2 0 54 71 - 4 10 - 1 - .273 .361 .323
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
14 Years 1,903 7,132 1,141 2,226 436 68 49 0 1,055 842 - 114 275 - 80 - .312 .391 .413
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1920 Indians SS 22 21 507 129 5.9 114 44 70 15 11 n/a n/a n/a .884 6.07
1921 Indians SS 154 154 462 846 5.5 799 319 480 47 75 n/a n/a n/a .944 46.69
1922 Indians 2B 12 12 297 65 5.4 62 27 35 3 7 n/a n/a n/a .954 5.64
1922 Indians SS 139 139 3,690 806 5.8 757 295 462 49 72 n/a n/a n/a .939 5.54
1923 Indians SS 151 151 4,053 842 5.6 783 286 497 59 82 n/a n/a n/a .930 5.22
1924 Indians SS 153 153 39 899 5.9 863 349 514 36 76 n/a n/a n/a .960 597.46
1925 Indians 2B 3 3 51 16 5.3 16 10 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.47
1925 Indians SS 153 152 456 872 5.7 843 314 529 29 80 n/a n/a n/a .967 49.91
1926 Indians SS 154 154 39 826 5.4 789 326 463 37 86 n/a n/a n/a .955 546.23
1927 Indians SS 153 153 456 874 5.7 841 361 480 33 80 n/a n/a n/a .962 49.80
1928 Indians 3B 19 20 483 88 4.6 83 22 61 5 3 n/a n/a n/a .943 4.64
1928 Indians SS 137 135 3,441 763 5.6 735 297 438 28 103 n/a n/a n/a .963 5.77
1929 Indians 3B 152 152 453 512 3.4 499 163 336 13 28 n/a n/a n/a .975 29.74
1930 Indians 3B 97 89 2,250 281 2.9 267 83 184 14 16 n/a n/a n/a .950 3.20
1931 Yankees 2B 1 0 5 4 4.0 4 1 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 21.60
1931 Yankees 3B 121 119 3,213 376 3.1 358 131 227 18 14 n/a n/a n/a .952 3.01
1932 Yankees 3B 123 120 3,135 352 2.9 343 122 221 9 15 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.95
1933 Yankees 3B 131 127 3,303 360 2.7 347 123 224 13 27 n/a n/a n/a .964 2.84
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
SS Totals 1,216 1,212 13,143 6,857 5.6 6,524 2,591 3,933 333 665 n/a n/a n/a .951 13.40
3B Totals 643 627 12,837 1,969 3.1 1,897 644 1,253 72 103 n/a n/a n/a .963 3.99
2B Totals 16 15 353 85 5.3 82 38 44 3 8 n/a n/a n/a .965 6.27
14 Years 1,875 1,854 26,333 8,911 4.8 8,503 3,273 5,230 408 776 n/a n/a n/a .954 8.72
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1920 Indians 1 0 1.000 0 0 n/a 0.0 17.5 5.8 - - -
1921 Indians 7 6 .538 0 0 n/a 143.0 33.6 6.2 - - -
1922 Indians 10 12 .455 2 0 n/a 279.0 27.9 6.7 - - -
1923 Indians 9 6 .600 2 0 n/a 184.3 46.1 5.1 - - -
1924 Indians 3 3 .500 0 0 n/a 148.5 45.7 5.6 - - -
1925 Indians 7 6 .538 0 0 n/a 608.0 152.0 6.2 - - -
1926 Indians 17 7 .708 0 0 n/a 144.5 96.3 6.8 - - -
1927 Indians 3 16 .158 0 0 n/a 569.0 81.3 6.2 - - -
1928 Indians 7 1 .875 0 0 n/a 147.0 65.3 8.4 - - -
1929 Indians 6 6 .500 0 0 n/a 82.6 144.5 7.9 - - -
1930 Indians 1 4 .200 12 0 n/a 0.0 117.7 7.4 - - -
1931 Yankees 1 1 .500 8 0 n/a 80.7 60.5 7.6 - - -
1932 Yankees 0 2 .000 2 0 n/a 45.7 167.7 7.4 - - -
1933 Yankees 2 2 .500 6 0 n/a 262.0 131.0 9.7 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
14 Years 74 72 .507 32 0 n/a 145.6 62.6 6.8 - - -
Joe Sewell

Joe Sewell Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1920 Cleveland Indians n/a $2,400.00 n/a Stats
1921 Cleveland Indians n/a $3,000.00 n/a -
1922 Cleveland Indians n/a $6,000.00 n/a -
1923 Cleveland Indians n/a $6,500.00 n/a -
1924 Cleveland Indians n/a $8,000.00 n/a -
1925 Cleveland Indians n/a $9,000.00 n/a -
1926 Cleveland Indians n/a $10,000.00 n/a -
1927 Cleveland Indians n/a $11,500.00 n/a -
1928 Cleveland Indians n/a $12,000.00 n/a -
1929 Cleveland Indians 4 $14,500.00 n/a -
1930 Cleveland Indians 2 $14,500.00 n/a -
1931 New York Yankees 27 $10,000.00 n/a -
1932 New York Yankees 21 $8,000.00 n/a Stats
1933 New York Yankees 21 $7,500.00 - -


Did you know that Joe Sewell was named one of the 100 Greatest Cleveland Indians Players Top 100 Greatest Indians and Sewell was named one of the seven shortstops.

According to his obituary published in the New York Times , Joe Sewell played his entire Major League career using only one bat, which he kept in shape by rubbing with a Coke bottle and seasoning with chewing tobacco! The nearly impossible to strikeout king - one bat wonder - holds the following unbreakable (in our opinion) records still to this day:

Fewest Strikeouts in a Career

Fewest Strikeouts in a Season (4 in 1925 and tied his own record with 4 in 1929)

Fewest Strikeouts in a Season by a Lefthander (s/a above)

Most Consecutive Games Without a Strikeout (115 in 1929)

Joe Sewell Hall of Fame Plaque
Joe Sewell | National Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque | Class of 1977 ( HOF )
Besides being former ballplayers, do you know what Joe Sewell (1,103), Billy Williams (1,117), Miguel Tejada (1,152), Steve Garvey (1,207), Everett Scott (1,307), Lou Gehrig (2,130), and Cal Ripken, Jr. (2,632) have in common? The answer was in the parenthesis, they are the only seven players in baseball history to appear in 1,000-or-more consecutive games without missing a game. [ Consecutive Games Played Record ]

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