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Submitted: 10/22/09 • Approved: 10/24/09 • Last Updated: 8/13/15 • R111560-G0-S3
James "Luke" Sewell was a major league catcher whose career spanned from 1921 through 1942. He was in the top 10 in his league once in hit by pitches, in the top 10 twice in sacrifice hits, and in the top 10 three times in most at-bats per strikeout (his brother Joe holds the all-time career record). He was in the top 10 in his league in both being the youngest active major leaguer, and later the oldest active major leaguer. He twice led his league in innings caught, number of complete games caught, and participating in the most double plays. He led his league in assists four times. He was voted to the 1937 All-Star game, and was in the top 10 in most votes for MVP FOUR times (finishing ahead of Hall of Famer Joe Cronin in 1937). He has the American League record with twenty seasons as a catcher. On April 29, 1933 he tagged out two at home on the same play. On June 1, 1937 he caught his third no-hitter. He also managed the St. Louis Browns in 1944, leading them to their only pennant.
Contributed on 10/22/09
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