James Patrick Seerey
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 200 lb.
- Debut June 9, 1943
- Final Game May 7, 1949
- Born March 17, 1923 in Wilburton, OK USA
- Died April 28, 1986 in Jennings, MO USA
"Seerey did something that I never did. He hit four home runs in one game." - Ted Williams
Pat Seerey was an early version of the type of low-average slugger that became much more common in the 1980s with players such as Gorman Thomas, Rob Deer, and Pete Incaviglia. He was heralded before he ever played at the major league level, partly for his fielding ability and partly because his portly frame made him seem more like a fan than a player. He was nicknamed, unkindly, "Fat Pat".
Seerey played seven seasons in the majors, hitting only .224 but getting enough walks to post a .321 on-base percentage. He had 86 home runs in the majors, with a high of 26 in 1946, good enough for fourth in the league. He also led the American League four times in most strikeouts.
Coming up originally in 1943 as one of the youngest players in the league at age 20, Seery played a lot of all three outfield positions and never played in the infield.
Seerey's minor league career stretched from 1941-51.
None of the ten most-similar players identified by the similarity scores method is from his era, so none of them seem convincing comparisons. As for Thomas, Deer and Incaviglia (mentioned above), they all had longer careers and more home runs than Seerey.
Seerey was a top high school football player and two of his sons were college soccer players. One of his sons was named to the 1980 Olympics team which wasn't allowed to compete in Moscow.
SABR did a biography of Pat Seerey, which is one of the sources for the information above.