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    One of the finest examples in the hobby!

    Early 1950's Cy Young Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM+ 7.5.
    "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. Only two active pitchers--Bartolo Colon and C.C. Sabathia--have recorded 500 starts, and neither is yet halfway to Young's victory tally.

    The ONL (Giles) stamping format that appears along with Young's bold blue ink signature dates this important orb to the final years of the iconic hurler's life, as it debuted in 1952 and Young would pass away weeks after the 1955 World Series. Most of Young's finest singles derive from this period, and this stands proudly among them, the autograph and the ball each garnering a 7/10 rating from the experts at PSA/DNA, who add a half-point for the fine overall aesthetics. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM+ 7.5. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.


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