After an apprenticeship under Cleveland great Steve O’Neill and two years platooning with Glenn Myatt, Sewell was the Indians’ catcher from 1926 through 1932. He caught for the Senators and White Sox before returning to the Indians as a player-coach in 1939. He set a since-broken AL record by leading league catchers in assists four years (1926-28 and 1936), and holds the AL record of 20 seasons as an active catcher.
Sewell became manager of the Browns on June 5, 1941, and in 1944 guided them to an 89-65 record and the only pennant in the club’s history. Though the Browns lost the World Series to the Cardinals in six games, Sewell was named TSN Major League Manager of the Year. Fired in 1946, he managed the Reds for three games in 1949 and from 1950 to 1952, never finishing higher than sixth. Luke’s brother, Hall of Famer Joe Sewell, played 14 years in the majors, while a third brother, Tommy, had one at bat with the Cubs in 1927.