On this day in 1930, in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Cleveland's League Park, White Sox hurlers Pat Caraway and Bob Weiland combined to strike out six in a 5-2 loss.
Two of those strikeouts were of third baseman Joe Sewell. Since 1900, Sewell was the toughest player to strike out in baseball history. In 1903 career games (7132 at-bats), he whiffed a mere 114 times.
Sewell took over as Cleveland's starting shortstop shortly after the fatal injuries suffered by Ray Chapman from a Carl Mays pitch to the skull on Aug. 16, 1920. In his first four full seasons, Sewell's strikeout totals were in double digits, topping out at 20 in 1922. Then, for the remaining nine seasons of his career, in which he played in over 100 games each season, he never struck out more than nine times again. The year-by-year from 1925-33 looks like this: 4-6-7-9-4-3-8-3-4. The small (5-foot-6, 155 pounds) infielder finished his career with a .312 BA and .391 OBP, with four top-10 finishes in AL MVP voting.
But back to May 26, 1930...
It was one of only two games of Sewell's career in which he struck out twice...he had only one other strikeout the entire season (414 total PA, 356 AB in 1930).
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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