Tommy Thevenow

Thomas Joseph Thevenow (September 6, 1903 in Madison, Indiana – July 29, 1957 in Madison, Indiana) was a professional baseball player who played shortstop in the Major Leagues from 1924 to 1938. He played for the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals during his career. Thevenow epitomized the good-fielding / weak-hitting shortstops that prevailed in the era, ending his career with a fielding percentage of .947, but a batting average of .248 while hitting only two home runs in his 15-year career. He hit two home runs in 1926, both inside-the-park home runs, and then never hit another home run in his next 12 seasons, setting a major league record of 3,347 consecutive at bats without a home run.

  1. ^ Vass, George. "Punch and Judy: many major league hitters are successful without possessing home run power", Baseball Digest, May 2002. Accessed June 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Staff. "TOMMY THEVENOW, FORMER SHORTSTOP", The New York Times, July 30, 1957. Accessed June 28, 2009.

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