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    1952 Cy Young Single Signed Baseball. "Too many pitchers," an elderly Cy Young lectured a reporter for The Sporting News before the start of the 1951 season. "That's all. There are just too many pitchers. Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch 'em every three days and you'd find they'd get control and good, strong arms." But despite the legendary hurler's unimpeachable credentials, the baseball world would continue to trend in the opposite direction as the decades passed until the rare complete game was seen as a charming old relic amidst a tangle of various starters, middle relief, set-up men and closers.

    Though Young's public lamentations of pitcher coddling were undoubtedly heartfelt, he must have realized on some level that the movement toward decreasing workloads had cemented his legacy, and ensured that his career record of 511 Major League victories would endure eternally. It has been over a quarter century since the last 25+ victory season was posted, with Oakland A's right hander Bob Welch earning the 1990 American League Cy Young Award for the feat.

    This Official American League baseball was signed by Young in 1952 when he was a part of a baseball ceremony. The ink signature rests on a side panel and survives at 7/10 in strength. Use is shown on the horsehide so it did see some action. Our guess is Young tossed out the first pitch at a game. One side panel has the following printed: "1952 Cleveland Old Time Day Festival Oldtime Great Pitcher Cy Young Ceremonial 1st Pitch 30 Feet Short." A PSA/DNA sticker resides on a separate panel. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.


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