|Former Roosevelt High star and New York Yankees player
Johnny Sturm dies
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Roosevelt High star was a softball and baseball standout in the Muny League. Sturm led the Trolley semipro league here in home runs and was signed by the Yankees in 1935.
Sturm climbed through the Yankees farm system, playing in Binghamton, Albany, Louisville and Kansas City before joining the big club in 1941.
Yankees manager Joe McCarthy assembled a lineup of veterans that featured future Hall of Famers such as DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez. McCarthy eventually inserted rookie Phil Rizzuto - another future Hall of Famer - at shortstop, and Sturm at first base.
Sturm opened at first base on May 14 and DiMaggio began his hitting streak the next day. Sturm finished the season hitting .239 in 124 games but improved in the World Series against the Dodgers. He hit .286 and was one of two players to hit safely in each game of the series.
Sturm enlisted in the Army in 1941 and lost the tip of his right index finger in a tractor accident at Jefferson Barracks.
Sturm attempted a brief comeback with the Yankees in 1946 but had his career ended by a broken wrist. He began a short career managing for the Yankees in the minor leagues from 1946-50 in Ventura, Calif., and Joplin, Mo.
Sturm was a scout for more than 20 years. He was the first head scout for the Houston Colt .45's and later worked for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox.
- Keith Schildroth
STURM, JOHN P., fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church,
on Friday, October 8, 2004; beloved husband of the late Florence H.
Sturm (nee Knobbe); son of the late Andreas and Anna Sturm; dear father
of Annette (Edward) D'Angelo, Mary Margaret (James) Noll, and John Andrew
(Judith) Sturm; grandfather of Eric Pfeffle, Andrew Pfeffle, Katherine
(Ryan) Sather, Janet (Gregory) Fisher, Julie Marie Sturm, Jennifer Ann
Sturm, and Jacquelyn Michelle Sturm; brother of Peter (Margie) Sturm,
the late Catherine (still surviving Anthony) Dohr, the late Andrew Sturm,
Ann Fuhler and Mary Ludwig; brother-in-law of the late Harry, August,
Anthony, Vincent, Alphonse (still surviving Til), Sister Margaret, Sister
Marie and Frances Knobbe and Rose Wilken; our dear uncle, great-uncle,
great-great-uncle, cousin and friend to many.