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Pat Seerey Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

PAT SEEREY
Born: March 17, 1923 in Wilburton, Oklahoma
Died: April 28, 1986 in Jennings, Missouri
Player Career
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 5' 10" Weight: 200
First Game: June 9, 1943 ; Final Game: May 7, 1949
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Pat Seerey This article was written by Fred Schuld and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Ted Williams selected Pat Seerey to be included in his 1994 card company's "Swingin' for the Fences" set. Questioned by several people why he chose Seerey for inclusion, Williams replied "Seerey did something that I never did. He hit four home runs in one game." James Patrick "Pat" Seerey, the People's Choice, played outfield for Cleveland and Chicago in the American League from 1943-1949. Although he was in only 561 games, had a lifetime batting average of 224 and hit but 86 home runs, Seerey had in Gordon Cobbledick's opinion "the same eye-compelling quality that made Babe Ruth an idol."Only an average major league player, he had two of the greatest slugging games in baseball history. With Governor Thomas E. Dewey and his family among the 10,282 fans at Yankee Stadium on July 13, 1945, Seerey hit three home runs and a triple at Yankee Stadium in a 16-4 win over the New Yorkers. Pat was only in the lineup because the regular player Paul O'Dea had injured his back the day before. After tripling in the first inning, the rotund batter hit a solo home run in the third, finishing Yankee starter Atley Donald. In the fourth inning, a grand slam home run off Walt Dubiel featured a seven-run Tribe inning. Steve Roser was the slugger's victim in the seventh as Pat's third home run went into the left field stands. In the ninth inning, with Roser still pitching and two runners on base, Seerey hit a looping liner to third baseman Oscar Grimes, ending his quest for baseball immortality.

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