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Lot 376: 1956 Don Newcombe Cy Young Award
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Auction Date:12/21/2012 9:00 PM EST
The Cy Young Award originated in 1956, and we proudly present that prestigious inaugural prize right here! It is the one and only Cy Young presented to Don Newcombe, who went 27–7 with a 3.06 ERA, five shutouts and 18 complete games that dominant season, leading the league in winning percentage for a second consecutive year. What's especially noteworthy about Newcombe's 1956 season is that it marked the first of 10 occasions in which a pitcher won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards in the same season (the last being Justin Verlander in 2011). This heavy, 13.5" x 16" award was originally obtained directly from Newcombe. It is a silver-plated mold attached to a wood backing, which sports the original black paint which has a few minor blemishes. The silver molding is tarnished and has a lovely patina. This could easily be polished if the new owner decides to do so. We like it just the way it is. The wording on the plaque reads: "CY YOUNG AWARD PRESENTED TO DON NEWCOMBE MOST VALUABLE PITCHER 1956." The placard features a right hand emerging from a diamond gripping a baseball " The wooden backing is painted its original black and shows a few scratches. L.G. Balfour Co. metal tag on the back. An original screw is missing from the back that has resulted in the CY YOUNG AWARD band across the top of the front to be loose. Newcombe, who played eight of his 11 major league seasons with Brooklyn, spent two seasons serving his country in the Korean War (1952-53) but returned to help lead Brooklyn to its most magical season in 1955 as the Dodgers finally bested the hated New York Yankees in the World Series. This is a singularly spectacular artifact!
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