Bob Seeds
Bob Seeds 1940 Play Ball card.jpeg
Born: (1907-02-24)February 24, 1907
Ringgold, Texas
Died: October 28, 1993(1993-10-28) (aged 86)
Erick, Oklahoma
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 19, 1930, for the Cleveland Indians
Last MLB appearance
September 24, 1940, for the New York Giants
MLB statistics
Batting average.277
Home runs28
Runs batted in233
Career highlights and awards

Ira Robert Seeds (February 24, 1907 – October 28, 1993) was an American professional baseball player who played outfielder in the Major Leagues from 1930-1940. He would play for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, New York Giants, New York Yankees, and Boston Red Sox. The well-traveled player was known by the nickname "Suitcase".[1] (Another theory of the origin of the "suitcase" nickname states that he earned the moniker due to his large, "suitcase-like" feet).[2]

Seeds was a member of the 1937 Newark Bears, a farm team of the New York Yankees, known as one of the greatest seasons for a minor league team of all time. Seeds batted .303 with 20 home runs in 1937, and led the Bears with 112 runs batted in.[3] During one weekend of the season, Seeds hit 7 home runs in 10 at-bats, while driving in 17 runs.[1]

In 615 games over 9 seasons in his major league career, Seeds posted a .277 batting average (537-for-1937) with 268 runs, 28 home runs and 233 RBI. He recorded an overall .974 fielding percentage.


  1. ^ a b Roberts, Russell (1995). Discover the Hidden New Jersey. Rutgers University Press. p. 75. ISBN 0813522528.
  2. ^ James, Bill (2003). The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract. Simon and Schuster. p. 157. ISBN 0743227220.
  3. ^ Mayer, Ronald A. (1994). The 1937 Newark Bears: A Baseball Legend. Rutgers University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 081352153X.