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Baseball with Matt: “Mr. What’s a Strikeout?”

Hey baseball fans!


Matt Nadel here of Baseball with Matt with some more on the history of America’s National Pastime. How many times do you think Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson struck out? The answer is 2,597, a record for most times struck out. Now how many times do you think Hall of Famer Joe Sewell struck out? The answer is just 114, a record for least times struck out!!!!


Joe Sewell (Courtesy of baseballhalloffame.org)

Joe Sewell was one of the greatest contact hitters in his day, playing 14 seasons from 1920-1933 with the Yankees and Indians. In 1920, Cleveland brought Sewell up from the Minors to replace Ray Chapman (the only person to ever die on a baseball field) at shortstop, and the rookie batted .329 down the stretch to lead the Indians to the pennant and eventually a World Series title. The excellent contact hitter struck out just one every 63 at-bats on average, which is the best for anybody who has ever played the game of baseball in the Bigs. Also, his three strikeouts in 1932 are the fewest ever for a full season. In his career, Joe batted .312 with 2,226 hits and got elected into Cooperstown in 1977 via the Veterans’ Committee.


All in all, I think everyone can agree that no one will ever strike out just three times in a season, which proves the fact that Joe belongs in the Hall. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back in a couple of days for more of “all the buzz on what wuzz.”

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