Today in Tribe History: March 17, 1923
Bob Toth | On 17, Mar 2015
Future Cleveland Indians outfielder Pat Seerey is born in Wilburton, Oklahoma.
Seerey was thought to be a potential power hitting threat at the Major League level when he debuted with the Indians in 1943. Strikeouts would plague him, as he led the league the following season with 99 strikeouts in 101 games while walking just 19 times. He toppled the 20-homer plateau in 1946 as a 23-year-old, hitting 26 with 62 RBI while striking out 101 times.
With playing time at a minimum in an outfield crowded by the transition of Larry Doby from the infield to center field, Seerey was dealt to the Chicago White Sox in May of 1948 with Al Gettel for pitcher Bob Kennedy. He hit 18 homers with the Sox, including four in one game on July 18, 1948, and had 19 for the season with a career high 70 RBI, but again led the league in strikeouts. He would play just four more games at the MLB level in 1949 before spending several seasons back in the minors.