Hill: Bud Stewart and his curious 1940 campaign with the White Sox

From David Hill at Call to the Pen on November 12, 2018:

Chances are, Bud Stewart would normally be lost in baseball history. He had a solid nine year career, four of those seasons spent with the Chicago White Sox. Even though he was unable to truly establish himself as a major league player until he was 32 years old, Stewart had a respectable, albeit overlooked, career.

Even if his time in the majors was rather non-descript, Stewart had an incredible 1940 minor league campaign. It would make sense; he made his major league debut the following year for the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in 73 games in a part time role. Yet, that 1940 season, if the statistics are to be believed, was one of the greatest in baseball history.

When one thinks of the great Iron Men in the game, thoughts turn to Cal Ripken, Lou Gehrig, Everett Scott, and Steve Garvey. Yet, for as many consecutive games as those players appeared in, none of them did what Stewart is considered to have done, as he played in two different leagues at the same time.

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Originally published: November 12, 2018. Last Updated: November 12, 2018.