Rip Sewell

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Birthdate 05/11/1907
Death Date 09/03/1989
Debut Year 1932
Year of Induction
Teams Pirates, Tigers
Position Pitcher

Rip Sewell is best known for the “eephus pitch” so named by Maurice Van Robays because, “Eephus ain’t nothing and that’s what that ball is.”

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Rip Sewell made the eephus pitch famous

Rip Sewell made the eephus pitch famous

In this handwritten letter from February 14, 1978 Rip Sewell explains exactly how the eephus pitch was thrown. In content worth reading, Sewell starts out the letter thusly, “Thank you for your nice letter, and will try to explain to you how the ‘Ephus’ (sic) or blooper ball was th
Sewell enjoyed detailing how he threw his famous pitch

Sewell enjoyed detailing how he threw his famous pitch

In the collection is this yellow index card signed by eephus specialist Rip Sewell. Sewell has attached a small drawing of himself throwing his famed pitch. At the bottom of the card he has writte, “(over)” so that the collector would turn the card to see a diagram of the eephus on the b
Sewell said the blooper pitch reached a height of 25 feet when he threw it

Sewell said the blooper pitch reached a height of 25 feet when he threw it

On the back of the yellow 3×5 index card is this diagram drawn by Rip Sewell. The pitcher has drawn a crude pitcher’s mound, home plate area and batter’s box. Sewell then uses a dotted line to convey the flight of the eephus that, according to the drawing, reached a height of
The Sewell family produced 4 big league players

The Sewell family produced 4 big league players

The Sewell family has quite an association with Major League Baseball. Not only did Rip Sewell make the big leagues but so did a trio of his cousins. Luke, Tommy, and Joe Sewell all played in the show. Displayed here is Joe Sewell’s solid silver lifetime pass. By virtue of having played ten or
Rip's cousin Joe witnessed Babe Ruth's Called Shot

Rip's cousin Joe witnessed Babe Ruth's Called Shot

Rip Sewell’s cousin Joe was the best of the ball playing Sewell family. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977, Joe earned a World Series ring with both the Indians and the Yankees. While with New York he hit in front of Babe Ruth in the ’32 Series. In the collection is this two-page handwr
Joe Sewell writes about the Cubs' fans reaction to Ruth's homer

Joe Sewell writes about the Cubs' fans reaction to Ruth's homer

The vivid details of this letter continue on the second page as Joe Sewell details Babe Ruth’s uncomfortable trip circling the bases after the homerun. “…on his way home the fans threw cabbage, lemons, eggs, hats, and everything they had on the field until the umpires called the game and the g

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