Monday, June 3, 2013

1930s Signed Baseball - Joe Kuhel

Next in line on my 1930s signed baseball, underneath Sam West, is Joe Kuhel.  Kuhel (b. 1906 - d. 1984) played in the majors from 1930 to 1947 for the Senators (1930 to 1937 and 1944 to 1946) and White Sox (1938 to 1943, 1946 and 1947).

In his career, he had 2,212 hits, 131 home runs and a .277 batting average.  He batted .300 or better in three seasons, batting as high as .322 for the AL pennant winning Senators of 1933.  He finished as high as 6th in the AL MVP voting (1936).  Kuhel appeared on only one Hall of Fame ballot, 1956, where he received 0.5% of the vote.

Kuhel only appeared in 18 games for the 1930 Senators, so it is looking like that information may push the time the ball was signed toward the 1931 season.  He was on the Senators with Cronin and Sam West from 1930 to 1932.  That definitely narrows the time frame down.

Identified so far:
Joe Cronin
Lance Richbourg
Randy Moore
Bill Sherdel
Sam West

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