Born in 1885, Arthur E. Sewell, a native of Huntley, Ill., played catcher for several minor league baseball teams between 1909 and 1915. He began his minor league career in 1909 with the Galena Speed Boys. The following year he played for the Lincoln (Ill.) Abes in the Class D Illinois-Missouri League and compiled the highest batting average of his career (.234). At the end of the season he was drafted by the Chicago Cubs but was released after a week. In 1911, Sewell caught for the Lexington (Ky.) Colts of the Class D Blue Grass League, and in 1913-1914, he played for the Rockford Wolves in the Wisconsin-Illinois League. He closed out his baseball career in 1915 with a Freeport, Ill., team. The 1920 census indicates that Sewell was then working as a station agent in McHenry County, Ill.
The scrapbook chronicles Sewell's baseball career and includes photographs of players on the Galena, Lincoln, and Lexington clubs, newspaper clippings, and scorecards. It was donated to the Library in 2009 by Daniel B. Potochniak of Milford, Pa., with the assistance of Richard J. La Susa, and includes a detailed list of the contents.