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James Luther Sewell (January 5, 1901 - May 14, 1987) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. Born in the rural town of Titus, Alabama, he grew up wanting to play baseball, and graduated from the University of Alabama; he batted and threw right-handed. Sewell had two brothers who also played major league ball: Joe, a Hall of Fame shortstop, and Tommy, who had 1 at bat with the Chicago Cubs. January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in North America. ... Alabama is a state located in the southern United States; the population of Alabama is 4,447,100 as of 2000. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA, or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. ... Joseph Wheeler Sewell (October 9, 1898 - March 6, 1990) was a Major League Baseball infielder for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... The position of the shortstop A shortstop moves to his left, toward the center of the field, to play a ground ball Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Chicago Cubs National League AAA Iowa Cubs AA West Tenn Diamond Jaxx A Daytona Cubs Peoria Chiefs Boise Hawks R Mesa Cubs The Chicago Cubs are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago. ...


Career overview

Sewell played from 1921 until 1939, and briefly in 1942, and played with 4 teams altogether. In all years, he played primarily as a catcher. He played with the Indians twice: See also: 1920 in sports, 1922 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (American) Chicago Staleys later the Chicago Bears win the 1921 American Professional Football Association title. ... See also: 1938 in sports, 1940 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Auto Racing August 11 - Jean Bugatti, automobile designer and the 30-year-old son of Ettore Bugatti, died in a crash on the... See also: 1941 in sports, 1943 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball January 4: Hall of Fame election: Rogers Hornsby is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, getting 78 percent of the vote. ...

Sewell managed from 1941 until 1952, and managed 2 teams: The Cleveland Indians are a Major League Baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Minnesota Twins American League AAA Rochester Red Wings AA New Britain Rock Cats A Fort Myers Miracle Beloit Snappers R Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League Twins The Minnesota Twins is a Major League Baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Chicago White Sox American League AAA Charlotte Knights AA Birmingham Barons A Winston-Salem Warthogs Kannapolis Intimidators R Bristol White Sox Great Falls White Sox The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... Baltimore Orioles American League AAA Ottawa Lynx AA Bowie Baysox A Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds R Bluefield Orioles Sarasota Orioles The Baltimore Orioles are a Major League Baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. ... See also: 1940 in sports, 1942 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1. ... See also: 1951 in sports, 1953 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Tim Flock AAA Racing: Troy Ruttman won the Indianapolis 500 Chuck Stevenson won the season championship Formula One Championship - Italy 24 hours of Le Mans: Hermann Lang / Fritz Reiss won, driving...

Sewell had his first full year in 1926 with the Indians, where he had 103 hits in 433 at bats, good for a .238 batting average. He had 46 RBIs on the year, but no home runs. Cincinnati Reds National League AAA Louisville Bats AA Chattanooga Lookouts A Sarasota Reds Dayton Dragons R Billings Mustangs GCL Reds The Cincinnati Reds are a Major League Baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... See also: 1925 in sports, 1927 in sports and the list of years in sports. Cricket May 31 - India, New Zealand and West Indies are elected as Full Members of the Imperial Cricket Conference thus increasing the number of test playing nations to six. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when he safely reaches first base after batting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, an at bat (AB) is used to calculate other data such as batting average. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ...


His next year, however, would be a breakout one. He hit .294 with 53 RBIs, 52 runs scored, and 138 hits, with 27 doubles and 6 triples. He was ninth in voting for the MVP Award, which Lou Gehrig won. In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Henry Louis Gehrig, born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the New York Yankees and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. ...


The bold young catcher questioned Babe Ruth's integrity in a game on June 11, 1927. He demanded that umpires check Ruth's bat after he clouted two straight homers off Garland Buckeye. Ruth batting for the Yankees George Herman Ruth, (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948), better known as Babe Ruth and also commonly known by the nicknames The Bambino and The Sultan of Swat, was an American baseball player and United States national icon. ... June 11 is the 162nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (163rd in leap years), with 203 days remaining. ... See also: 1926 in sports, 1928 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football ([cvvvvvvv[American Football|American]]) New York Giants win National Football League title You are a Gay bo! Golf First Ryder Cup held in United States beats Britain 9 1/2 to 2 1/2... Home plate umpire Gary Darling signals that the last pitch was a strike In baseball, the umpire is the person charged with officiating the game, including beginning and ending the game, enforcing the rules of the game and the grounds, making judgment calls on plays, and meting out discipline. ...


He also had a very good arm and was great at throwing out runner, leading the league in assists 4 times. In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being the rare sport in which the defensive team controls the ball. ...


Sewell got his only postseason opportunity in the 1933 World Series when his Washington Senators lost to the New York Giants in 5 games. His World Series stats include a .176 batting average (3 for 17), with 1 stolen base, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI. The 1933 World Series featured the New York Giants and the Washington Senators, with the Giants winning in 5 games for their first championship since 1922, and their fourth overall. ... San Francisco Giants - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ...


Even for the era, his low strikeout numbers were excellent. Sewell never struck out more than 27 times in a season, and his amazing career best was a miniscule 16 strikeouts in 451 at bats in 1936. That year, he also set his career highs in stolen bases (11) and RBIs (73). By that point in his career, he was a truly accomplished hitter, but had never made an All-Star team since the game's creation in 1933; he would earn an All-Star spot in 1937, with the Chicago White Sox. That year, he put up even better numbers than the consistently good ones he had been posting for a decade. On the season, he had a .269 batting average, with a .343 on base percentage and 6 triples, finishing 5th in MVP voting (Charlie Gehringer won). Although his season was not superb, some said he was given the trip to the All-Star game out of a tribute to his career. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... See also: 1935 in sports, 1937 in sports and the list of years in sports. Events May 12: Jockey Ralph Neves was involved in a racing accident at Bay Meadows Racetrack in San Mateo, California and mistakenly pronounced dead. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... See also: 1932 in sports, 1934 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball New York Giants defeat Washington Senators in the World Series, 4-1. ... See also: 1936 in sports, 1938 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing Wally Parks founds the Road Runners Club, considered to be the start of organized drag racing. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... Charles Leonard Gehringer (May 11, 1903 - January 21, 1993) was a Major League Baseball second baseman who played his entire career for the Detroit Tigers (1924_1942). ...


Sewell retired after making a very brief comeback as a player-manager in 1942 with the Browns. His final game was on August 1 of that year. Although the majority of his career took place with the Indians, many believe it can be argued that either his stay in Cleveland or Chicago was most noteworthy. See also: 1941 in sports, 1943 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball January 4: Hall of Fame election: Rogers Hornsby is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, getting 78 percent of the vote. ... August 1st is the 213th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (214th in leap years), with 152 days remaining. ...


Sewell's career statistics include a .258 batting average with 20 home runs and 696 RBIs. He had 65 career stolen bases and 653 runs scored. He accumulated 1393 hits, with 272 doubles and 56 triples. He holds the American League record of 20 seasons as an active catcher. He caught three no-hitters in his career (Wes Ferrell, Vern Kennedy, and Bill Dietrich). The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In baseball and softball, a no-hitter refers to a game in which one of the teams has prevented the other from getting an official hit during the entire length of the game, which must be at least 9 innings by the current Major League Baseball definition. ... Wes Ferrell with the Red Sox Wesley Cheek Ferrell (February 2, 1908 - December 9, 1976) was a right-handed pitcher also known for his hitting, and a member of the first American League All-Star team in 1933. ...


After his retirement, Sewell decided to become a manager. Sewell's full managerial record was 606-644, a .485 winning percentage. His most significant managerial job took place with the St. Louis Browns from 1941 through 1946 where he managed 850 games and had a 432-410 record. He led them to an AL pennant – the team's only championship in its 52 years in St. Louis – in 1944, although they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the all-St. Louis World Series. That year, he managed such players as Red Hayworth, Vern Stephens, and Jack Kramer, led them to an 89-65 record, and was awarded The Sporting News' Manager of the Year Award. After that, he joined the Reds in 1949, and retired in 1952 when Rogers Hornsby took over, also coincidentally coming off managing the Browns. See also: 1940 in sports, 1942 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball The New York Yankees won the World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by 4 games to 1. ... See also: 1945 in sports, 1947 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... See also: 1943 in sports, other events of 1944, 1945 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball May 7 - Chucho Ramos made his major league debut as first baseman and outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. ... St. ... The 1944 World Series featured a crosstown matchup between the St. ... Vernon Decatur Stephens (October 23, 1920 - November 3, 1968) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played 15 seasons in the American League for four different teams. ... Rogers Hornsby (April 27, 1896 in Winters, Texas - January 5, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois), nicknamed The Rajah, was a second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played most of his career in St. ...


Sewell and his brother Joe rank eighth on the all-time list of combined hits by brothers, with 3619.


Sewell died in Akron, Ohio at age 86. City nickname: The Rubber Capital of the World Location within the state of Ohio County Summit Mayor Don Plusquellic Area  - Land  - Water 161. ...


External link

  • Baseball-Reference.com (http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sewellu01.shtml) - playing statistics and managing record

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Luke Sewell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (748 words)
Sewell had his first full year in 1926 with the Indians, where he had 103 hits in 433 at bats, good for a.238 batting average.
Sewell never struck out more than 27 times in a season, and his career best was just 16 strikeouts in 451 at bats in 1936.
Sewell died in Akron, Ohio at age 86.
Press Release - United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of California (515 words)
Sewell, 34, of Oakland, on August 10, 2006, with sex trafficking of children and transporting minors in interstate commerce with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Sewell is alleged to have prostituted two girls under the age of 18 and to have transported them between the Northern District of California and Nevada and Florida for the purpose of prostituting themselves between April 2005 and June 2006.
Sewell was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada, after a foot chase on August 17, 2006, and he made his initial appearance in federal court in Las Vegas before Magistrate Judge Robert J. Johnston.
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