Joseph Wheeler Sewell (October 9, 1898 March 6, 1990) was a Major League Baseball infielder for the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Sewell holds the record for the lowest strikeout rate in major league history, striking out on average only once every 63 at-bats, and the most consecutive games without a strikeout, at 115. Born in Titus, Alabama, Sewell lettered in college football at the University of Alabama in 1917, 1918, and 1919. Sewell made his major league debut in 1920 with the World Series champion Cleveland Indians shortly after the death of regular shortstop Ray Chapman and became the team's full-time shortstop the following year. An emerging star, Sewell batted .318 with 101 runs, 93 RBI and a .412 on base percentage in 1921. Sewell's patience and daily work ethic became his hallmarks over the following decade and a half.
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