Thurman Tucker (1917–93) was an American center fielder in Major
League Baseball who played for nine seasons in the American League with
the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians. In 701 career games,
Tucker recorded a batting average of .255 and accumulated 24 triples,
9 home runs, and 179 runs batted in. He was nicknamed "Joe E." Tucker
because of his resemblance to comedian Joe E. Brown. Born and raised in
Gordon, Texas, he was a three-sport athlete at high school, playing
baseball (where he was a second baseman), basketball, and track and
field. Tucker first played baseball professionally with the Siloam
Springs Travelers. After playing in minor league baseball, he was signed
by the Chicago White Sox before the 1941 season. His major league debut
came the following year and he spent two years as the White Sox's
starting center fielder until he enlisted in the armed forces during
World War II. Upon his return, Tucker played two more seasons for the
White Sox. Subsequently, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians, for
whom he played four years, and continued to play minor league baseball
throughout the 1950s. After his retirement, he became a major league
scout and insurance agent.
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