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Conventional baseball wisdom has long held that relief pitchers faced rather imposing hurdles when it came time for voting on the Cy Young Award, an understandable bit of discrimination that led to the creation of separate awards for those late-inning specialists. But challenging for the prestigious Cy Young Award still remained an option, and through the years a handful have managed it. But it’s a pretty exclusive club, numbering only nine members, coincidentally the same number of pitchers who have won both the Cy Young and the MVP Award in the same season. Rollie Fingers parlayed a remarkable 1981 campaign at age 35 into membership in both noble groups. Returning to the American League after his four-year stint in San Diego, Fingers joined the Milwaukee Brewers in that historic and irksome 1981 season bedeviled by labor wrangles and a truncated schedule. The unflappable Fingers weathered that storm handily, turning in arguably his finest campaign with a microscopic ERA of 1.06 and 28 saves in a shortened season.

This iconic award consists of a visually striking, silver-plated design mounted on a black-lacquered wooden plaque measuring 13 1/2-by-16 inches. The centerpiece of the near 11-pound award is a lifelike sculpted pitcher’s hand sprouting from the mound of a baseball diamond and clutching a ball with a two-fingered grip. Relief lettering above and below reads, “CY YOUNG AWARD” and “PRESENTED TO ROLLIE FINGERS - MOST VALUABLE PITCHER - AMERICAN LEAGUE.” The design elements and the plaque backing are extremely well preserved and highly presentable; there is one tiny, barely visible “x” scratch on the black wood board and little or no scuffing on the edges of the board. Fingers has signed in bold silver Sharpie on the back of the plaque, adding the inscription “1981 Cy Young Award.” One of the finest individual baseball awards of the modern-era ever presented at public auction.

Comes with a LOA Rollie Fingers.

Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $20,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $38,653
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
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