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    1959 Nellie Fox American League Most Valuable Player Trophy.
    After three seasons with the Athletics in the big leagues, Fox was traded to the White Sox in 1950 and the gritty, fundamentally-sound second baseman was soon a burgeoning star and a Windy City fan favorite. During his tenure in Chicago, the diminutive Nellie was a major force at second base for over a decade, earning twelve All-Star berths, three Gold Gloves, and finishing in the top ten in MVP voting six times in eight years. Furthermore, Nellie was one of the best glove men in the game, as well baseball's best bunter and most difficult strikeout.

    After adding shortstop Luis Aparicio in 1956 and manager Al Lopez in 1957, Chicago finally put it all together when Bill Veeck bought a controlling interest in the team in 1959. Forty years after the Black Sox scandal, White Sox fans finally had something to cheer about. During that magical 1959 season, the Go-Go Sox dethroned the perennial league champion New York Yankees to capture the A.L. pennant and stormed into the World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    The heart and soul of the 1959 Go-Go White Sox, Fox was at his best that season. He hit .306, batted .383 with runners in scoring position, struck out just thirteen times in 717 plate appearances, and led the league in putouts, assists and fielding average. He was also the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game, hit .375 in the World Series, won another Gold Glove, and was voted as the American League's Most Valuable Player. Veeck later wrote that the Sox needed Nellie "no more than your baby needs milk."

    On offer here is a trophy issued to Fox by a local Chicago trophy manufacturer to celebrate his selection as Most Valuable Player of the 1959 American League. It is important to note that this is not the official MVP Award, but it remains a thrilling piece of hardware nonetheless.

    Standing twenty-nine inches (29") high and weighing ten pounds (10 lbs.), the massive award features two wooden plinths, supporting a gold-colored loving cup, eagle and two figural batsmen. An inscription plate reads "To Nelson Fox of the Chicago White Sox for Most Valuable Player of the American League 1959." The trophy was designed and presented to Fox by "F.H. Noble & Co.," whose slogan was "Trophies For Champions."


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