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    Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman follows batting title and World Championship with MVP nod!

    1960 National League Most Valuable Player Award Presented to Dick Groat. Though it's Hall of Famer and fellow middle infielder Bill Mazeroski whose Game Seven walk-off blast made him the figure most commonly associated with the 1960 World Champion edition of the Pittsburgh Pirates, it's quite likely that the Bucs wouldn't have even made it to October without the essential contributions of the man to whom this elite hardware was presented. As a standout two-sport athlete at Duke--Groat is the first man inducted into the College Baseball and Basketball Halls of Fame--Groat was pursued by a number of Big League clubs but consented to terms with the Pittsburgh Pirates ballclub he had supported throughout his youth spent just a few miles from Forbes Field.

    He'd wear the black and gold for nine seasons, but 1960 was unquestionably his finest, topping the Senior Circuit with a career-best .325 batting average and scoring eight-five runs while turning ninety-two double plays in the field. Remarkably, Groat was nearly traded during the 1959 season for Roger Maris, who would instead be dealt to the Yankees in 1960 where he'd win the American League MVP Award and face the Bucs in that unforgettable World Series. Groat joins Honus Wagner, Paul Waner, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Dave Parker, Barry Bonds and Andrew McCutchen as the Pirates representatives who have claimed the league's highest honor.

    The instantly recognizable design features a sterling silver and ten karat (10K) gold octagon affixed to a circular black wooden backing measuring sixteen inches (16") in diameter. Bold text at the perimeter reads, "Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Award," a format that was first issued for the 1944 season and abandoned in 2020 due to increasing sensitivities regarding the Commissioner's opposition to racial integration of professional baseball. The figural baseball diamond at center features an image of the stern judge in gold above text that reports, "Most Valuable Player, National League, Richard M. Groat, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1960." The emblem of the Baseball Writers Association of America is affixed to home plate, and tiny text reading, "Sterling, Dieges & Clust" appears at lower right edge of the octagon. Verso bears another "Dieges & Clust" identifier and a hanging hook. Light handling wear is evident, but no faults of distraction.

    Ironclad provenance is assured by a letter signed by Groat himself, attesting to authenticity. Letter of provenance from Dick Groat.


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