Lot 161. Monty Stratton Signed 1940 Check. Following the 1938 baseball season, at the age of 26, Stratton was on the brink of joining baseball’s pitching elite. In two consecutive seasons with the Chicago White Sox, he had won 15 games, earning All-Star honors in 1937 and MVP votes in 1938. Chicago Cubs manager Charlie Grimm praised him as “the nearest thing to Grover Cleveland Alexander.” Unfortunately, in a Nov. 27 hunting accident, Stratton’s right leg was damaged so badly that it had to be amputated. Playing on a wooden leg, he attempted a comeback and had some limited success in the minor leagues. His comeback effort was the subject of the 1949 movie “The Stratton Story,” which starred Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson. The film was financially successful and earned an Academy Award for best original story. Stratton died in 1982 at the age of 70. His check is dated 1940 and signed on the front. Six small cancellation punch holes touch letters in his first name. The autograph is nm-m 8. Winning Bid $30.