THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX - AUTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: LUKE APPLING, THORNTON "LEFTY" LEE, RIP RADCLIFF, DIXIE WALKER, MIKE KREEVICH, RUFE DAVIS, ANDY MAYO - HFSID 100818
Sale Price $270.00
1937-1938 CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Various Pale Hose team members penned their names on this sheet of paper and album leaf
Signatures: "Luke Appling", "Thornton Lee", "Joe Kuhel", "Dixie Walker", "Mike Kreevich" and "Rip Radcliff", 3x4 lined sheet affixed to 6x4½ album leaf. Also signed on verso of album leaf: "Andy Mayo/Pansy the Horse" and "Rufe Davis". The Chicago White Sox were seldom a pennant contender in the 1930s, but they had some fine players. Four of these signers were members of the team in both 1937 and 1938. Dixie Walker was traded away and Joe Kuhel acquired during the winter between these seasons. Shortstop APPLING, who played his entire Major League career (1930-1950) with the White Sox, was a 5-time All-Star elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. LEE, a left handed control pitcher, played 11 of his 16 Major League seasons with the Chisox, having his best season in 1941 when he led the league in earned run average and complete games. KREEVICH, a fine defensive centerfielder who played 7 of his 11 ML seasons with the Sox. He was a consistent .300 hitter until slowed down by injuries late in his career. He made the All-Star team in 1938. RADCLIFF and WALKER, both fine hitters, flanked Kreevich in the outfield. Radcliff, who played his first five seasons with Chicago (1934-1939) was an All-Star in 1936, retiring in 1943 with a career .311 average. Walker's best years were in the future, as a Brooklyn Dodger. He would lead the National League in batting average in 1944 and runs batted in 1945. A 4-time All-Star, he played for the Pale Hose in 1936 in 1937. KUHEL was a fine defensive first baseman better known as part of the pennant winning Washington Senators team of 1933, who played six seasons in the middle of his career for Chicago (1938-1943). In a doubleheader in 1941, he set a record of 40 putouts in one day! Andy MAYO performed as halves of "Pansy the Horse" in a vaudeville comedy team. Actress Virginia Mayo, born Virginia Jones, adopted the name of Mayo when she replaced Andy's pregnant wife as ringmaster of the horse act. Davis (1907-1974), a singer/comedian on radio, went on to play supporting roles in several Western films. He played railroad engineer Floyd Smoot in the TV sitcom Petticoat Junction (1963-1970). Signature sheet is lightly soiled, with adhesive showing through at all four corners. The same adhesive shows through on the Mayo/Davis side, which is also slightly soiled. Binding holes at blank left margin of album leaf. Otherwise, fine condition.
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