Thursday, January 24, 2013

1972 Topps Cy Young Award - Vida Blue

In 1972 Topps released 6 "Awards" cards. These cards had pictures of the trophies on them.  I always thought that was kind of strange. Over the next few posts I will be putting pictures of the award winners on the cards.  I added facsimile autographs to identify the players while trying to keep the original look of the cards.

It is a rare feat that a pitcher win the MVP award. However, since the creation of the Cy Young award in 1956, there has never been a pitcher who won the league MVP award then did not win the Cy Young award. Vida Blue went into the 1971 season with only 10 Major League starts under his belt. He went on to have his best season of a great career. He had career highs in wins 24, ERA 1.82, complete games 24, shutouts 8, and strikeouts 301.

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