1939 Chicago White Sox Team Sheet Signed by 26 – Appling, Lyons, Stratton, Etc.
Lot 55. 1939 Chicago White Sox Team Sheet Signed by 26 – Appling, Lyons, Stratton, Etc. These White Sox finished fourth in the American League with an 85-69-1 record. Future Hall of Fame (1964) shortstop Luke Appling batted .314 and was selected for the All-Star game. He was a seven-time All-Star in his career. Future HoF (1955) pitcher Ted Lyons posted a 14-6 record with a 2.76 ERA. He also was an All-Star. Using a wooden leg, Stratton served as a coach and batting practice pitcher. In Nov. 1938, a hunting accident resulted in the amputation of his right leg. From 1934-38, Stratton pitched for the Sox and posted a 36-23 record. He was an All-Star in 1937. His efforts to return to MLB as a pitcher were portrayed in the 1949 movie “The Stratton Story” with Jimmy Stewart as Stratton. A complete list of White Sox that signed the 8” x 11” team sheet follows. The sheet includes the 1939 Centennial of Baseball U.S. Postal Service stamp. The autographs are outstanding, generally mint 9 or better. Many of them are scarce: Luke Appling, Ollie Bejema, Harry Boyles, Clint Brown (died 1955), Bill Dietrich, Jimmie Dykes (manager), Vallie Eaves (d. 1960), Johnny Gerlach, Jack Hayes, Jack Knott, Joe Kuhel, Thornton Lee, Ted Lyons, Johnny Marcum, Eric McNair (d. 1949), Marv Owen, Rip Radcliff (d. 1962), Tony Rensa, John Rigney, Larry Rosenthal, Muddy Ruel (d. 1963), Norm Schlueter, Eddie Smith, Monty Stratton, Mike Tresh (d. 1966) and Billy J. Webb (coach, d. 1943). PSA/DNA Pre-Certified. Winning Bid $125.