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Harry Simpson

1957 Topps

Harry Leon “Suitcase” Simpson (December 3, 1925 - April 3, 1979) enjoyed an eight-year Major League career with five different teams, but is often remembered as the player traded for Ted Kluszewski, the final component added to the 1959 Chicago White Sox team that won the American League pennant. Unluckily, Simpson was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Klu on August 25, 1959, but then was reacquired following the World Series, thereby not collecting a World Series share. Harry grew up in the segregated south near Atlanta, Georgia and served much of World War II in the United States Army. In 1946, upon his return to the States, he signed with the Negro League’s Philadelphia Stars where he played against the likes of Josh Gibson, though late in his career and Satchel Paige. In 1948, Major League scout Eddie Gottlieb spotted Simpson and considered him to be similar to Boston Red Sox Ted Williams. With the color barrier long broken, Harry eventually signed with the Cleveland Indians who also fielded Larry Doby, Minnie Minoso and Luke Easter. When the Indians shipped Minoso to the White Sox in favor of Simpson, Cleveland expressed high expectations for Harry who struggled to reach those heights. For 3-1/2 years in Cleveland, he hit .261 with 29 home runs and 163 RBI. Constant changes to his swing ultimately hurt the outfielder/first baseman’s numbers and he bounced around the Majors for much of his career spending time with Cleveland (1951-1953, 1955), the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1957, 1958-1959), the New York Yankees (1957-1958), the Chicago White Sox (1959) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (1959). Harry’ best year came in 1956 with KC when he batted .293 with 159 hits and a league-leading 11 triples to earn his only trip to the MLB All-Star Game. Harry Simpson finished his eight-year career with a .266 batting average, 752 hits, 343 runs, 73 home runs and 381 RBI. He also posted a .984 fielding percentage at first and in the outfield.

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9 (26)

Prices By Grade

1957 TOPPS 225 HARRY SIMPSON

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $122.90 $175.00 26
NM - MT 8 $28.02 $30.62 $45.00 189 31
NM 7 $19.13 $16.17 $18.00 151 234
EX - MT 6 $10.00 $8.33 $10.00 84 393
EX 5 $7.50 $6.00 39 484
VG - EX 4 $9.99 12 525
VG 3 2 538
GOOD 2 1 540
FR 1.5 541
PR 1 2 541
Auth 543

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