Hank Severeid

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Hank Severeid
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Born: (1891-06-01)June 1, 1891
Story City, Iowa
Died: December 17, 1968(1968-12-17) (aged 77)
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 15, 1911, for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1926, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
Batting Average .289
Home Runs 17
RBI 539

Henry Levai Severeid (June 1, 1891 – December 17, 1968) was a Catcher for the Cincinnati Reds (1911–13), St. Louis Browns (1915–25), Washington Senators (1925–26) and New York Yankees (1926).


Severeid was born in Story City, Iowa to Norwegian immigrants Lars Severeid and Maria (Naess) Severeid. Three of his brothers, Oscar and Charles, as well as Elmer, played minor-league ball.[1] [2]

He helped the Senators win the 1925 American League Pennant and the Yankees win the 1926 American League Pennant. Severeid finished 6th in voting for the 1924 American League MVP for playing in 137 Games and having 432 At Bats, 37 Runs, 133 Hits, 23 Doubles, 2 Triples, 4 Home Runs, 48 RBI, 1 Stolen Base, 36 Walks, .308 Batting Average, .362 On-base percentage, .398 Slugging Percentage, 172 Total Bases and 31 Sacrifice Hits.

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In 15 seasons he played in 1,390 Games and had 4,312 At Bats, 408 Runs, 1,245 Hits, 204 Doubles, 42 Triples, 17 Home Runs, 539 RBI, 35 Stolen Bases, 331 Walks, .289 Batting Average, .342 On-base percentage, .367 Slugging Percentage, 1,584 Total Bases and 125 Sacrifice Hits. He is also the Baltimore Orioles Career Leader in At Bats per Strikeout (27.8).

Severeid spent over a quarter century as a scout, for the Chicago Cubs (1943) and Boston Red Sox from 1944. In 1941, he co-authored the book Play Ball! Advice for Young Ballplayers with Charles Edward Chapman (1880–1941). He died in San Antonio, Texas in 1968 at the age of 77. [3]


  1. ^ Hank Severeid by Bill Johnson
  2. ^ "Hank Severeid". SABR Cronkite School at ASU. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Play ball! : Advice for young ballplayers". The Online Books Page. Retrieved October 14, 2015. 

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Further reading[edit]

  • Play ball! : Advice for young ballplayers by Charles E. (Al) Chapman and Henry L. (Hank) Severeid with foreword by Bill McKechnie (New York: Harper & Brothers, c1941)

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