Senators #18: John Stone

Stone 1934

John Stone
1934 Goudey #40
Position:
OF
Bio/Summary: John Stone is the oldest Senator player that I have to date. I would like to work my way back into the past of the team, as I’m reading a fascinating book about the history of DC baseball, but unfortunately, those cards all get way too expensive too fast. On the topic of Stone, however, he joined Washington in 1934 after years in Detroit (and yet this counts as his rookie card!), and continued to be a great hitter, as he had been in Detroit. His OPS+ numbers from 1934 to his last year in 1938 are 125, 117, 142, 125, and 85. It’s hard to gauge how powerful he was, given the era, but those numbers speak for themselves.
How Did I Get It?: Won it on eBay.
Did You Know?: Stone was so highly regarded that the Senators sent Hall of Fame outfielder Goose Goslin to the Tigers in an even trade for Stone. Goslin went on to help the Tigers win back-to-back pennants in 1934 and 1935, while the Senators dropped from 1st place to seventh place in 1934.
Rating: 9/10 – I’m blinded by the historical relevance of this card, I have to say. But I like it!
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