20. Joe Sewell
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: October 9, 1898 in Titus, AL USA
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 10, 1920
  • Final Game: September 24, 1933
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1923
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1924
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1925
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1926
  • TSN All-Star - 1926
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1928
 
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Joe Sewell made his major league debut for the Cleveland Indians late in the 1920 season, albeit via tragic circumstances.  Purchased from New Orleans of the Southern Association, Sewell was brought in to replace Ray Chapman, who died abruptly when an errant pitch killed him by Carl Mays of the New York Yankees.  From tragedy bore treasure for Sewell, who was the starting Shortstop for the Indians team that won the 1920 World Series.

Sewell remained with Cleveland throughout the 1920s, where he was one of the most dependable defensive infielders of the American League. Sewell was a workmanlike player who had no power game but used his plate discipline to be an asset.  The Infielder batted over .300 eight times as an Indian, and his strikeout rate was exemplary.  The most he ever fanned in a season was 20 times, and he had single digits despite having 600 plus Plate Appearances four years with Cleveland.

Cleveland surprisingly released him after the 1930 Season, and he was signed by the Yankees, where he won his second World Series Title in 1932. 

With the Indians, Sewell accumulated 1,800 Hits with a .320 Batting Average.

In 1977, Sewell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Veteran's Committee, which was 26 years after the Indians added him to their inaugural Hall of Fame class.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Short Stop, Third Base
  • Acquired: Purchased from New Orleans (Southern Association) 9/6/20.
  • Departed:

    Released 1/20/31

  • Games Played: 1,513
  • Notable Statistics:

    857 Runs Scored
    1,800 Hits
    375 Doubles
    63 Triples
    30 Home Runs
    868 RBI
    71 Stolen Bases
    .320/.398/.425 Slash Line
    45.8 bWAR                     

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1920)
    Most Doubles (1924)
    Most Sacrifice Hits (1929)
    Most Assists by a Third Baseman (1929)
    Most Putouts by a Shortstop (1924, 1925, 1926 & 1927)
    Most Assists by a Shortstop (1924, 1925, 1927 & 1928)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a Shortstop (1928)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Shortstop (1924 & 1925)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Shortstop (1925, 1927 & 1928)

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