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Born: October 9, 1898 in Titus, Alabama
Died: March 6, 1990 in Mobile, Alabama
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Full name Joseph Wheeler Sewell Born October 9, 1898, Titus, Alabama Died March 6, 1990, Mobile, Alabama Buried at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Section 2, Block 9, Lot 6) First Game: September 10, 1920; Final Game: September 24, 1933 Bat: Left Throw: Right Height: 5' 6.5" Weight: 155 Brother of Tommy Sewell Brother of Luke SewellSelected to the Hall of Fame in 1977 Named shortstop on The Sporting News Major League All-Star Team (1926)JOE SEWELL This article was written by Bill Johnson and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Opportunity from horrifying tragedy: That was what the death of Cleveland Indians shortstop Ray Chapman presented to 21-year-old Joseph Wheeler Sewell in the late summer of 1920. Chapman, a stellar shortstop for the contending Indians, died on August 17 after being struck in the head by a pitched baseball, and Cleveland had replaced him with second year shortstop Harry Lunte. On September 6, when Lunte pulled a leg muscle that left him unable to play, the Indians purchased Sewell's contract from the New Orleans Pelicans of the Class A Southern Association. Sewell's professional experience at the time amounted to 346 at-bats, yet out of necessity he was inserted into the middle of the infield of a team that was competing for the American League pennant.Sewell debuted on September 10, 1920, against the New York Yankees, going 0-2 at the plate. His arrival was expected to stabilize the infield, and despite his 15 errors in 22 games, 10 hits in his first 24 opportunities provided and unanticipated offensive bonus. The team capped Sewell's first season with World Series win over Brooklyn, and Cleveland's double play tandem of Wambsganss and Sewell was set for the next three years. It proved to be the opening foray of what would become a Hall of Fame career for the shortstop.Joe Sewell was born on October 9, 1898, in Titus, Alabama, to Dr. Wesley "Jabez" and Susan (Hannon) Sewell. One of three future major league players in the family, along with brothers Luke and Tommy, as well as cousin "Rip," Joe Sewell grew up 30 miles north of Montgomery, playing baseball as a respite from his studies. Dr. Sewell wanted his sons to join the family business as physicians, but the boys had other ideas.
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