The Chicago press corps concluded that Tucker, a bespectacled White Sox outfielder,
was a dead ringer for comedian Joe E. Brown. Fans began calling him Joe E. Tucker.
He led the league in hitting for the first part of 1944, with his average hovering
near .400 through June. He was the AL's leadoff hitter in the All-Star Game
after, mired in a 0-for-32 slump, was benched. He finished at .287. One of the league's
fastest runners, he raced basestealing champ George Case
in a wartime Comiskey Park
promotion, losing a 75-yard dash by three paces. He was traded to the Indians in
time to play part-time for the 1948 World Champions.