Joe Sewell was elected to the HOF in 1977 after playing 14 seasons, primarily at shortstop, with the Indians and the Yankees from 1920-1933. He had a lifetime .313 average with over 2000 hits. He once stole 3 bases in a season while getting caught 16 times, a 16% success rate. Yikes. But what he’s most remembered for was his ability to put the bat on the ball. In 1903 games and 7132 at bats, Joe Sewell struck out just 114 times. He had 5 seasons in which he appeared in over 100 games in which he didn’t strikeout 5 times. Most players today can’t go a week without whiffing 5 times.
On May 13, 1923 Senators’ pitcher Cy Warmoth struck out Joe Sewell twice in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
On May26, 1930 White Sox pitcher Pat Caraway struck out Joe Sewell twice in a 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
That is the only time in Joe Sewell’s career, 1903 games, that he struck out more than once in a game. That is an impressive feat.
Neither Cy Warmoth and Pat Caraway had distinguished careers. Both lasted just 3 seasons in the major leagues. Warmoth finished with an 8-5 lifetime record with 54 strikeouts. He averaged just 3.8 K’s per 9 IP. Caraway was 22-40 with 151 strikeouts. He averaged just 2.8 K’s per 9 IP.
They owned Joe Sewell however, and I bet he never forgot those 2 games.