Steve Carlton's 1982 Cy Young Award 
Lot Number 277
 
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The 1982 campaign was the last of the great seasons for Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, during which his 23-11 record netted him his fourth Cy Young Award. Carlton was the first pitcher in baseball history to win this coveted accolade four times. Fame can result from a single game performance like Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, a great week like Johnny Vander Meer pitching back-to-back no-hitters in 1938 or a single season like Denny McLain in 1968. However, greatness comes from sustained excellence over the course of an entire career. The 1982 season was indicative of Carlton's career: he won 23 games, completing 19, with 6 shutouts while pitching more than 295 innings. Carlton received more votes for the Cy Young in 1982 than all other contenders combined. This magnificent Cy Young Award features the raised figure of a sculpted hand holding a baseball mounted on a black lacquered wooden plaque. The award features the Balfour sticker on the reverse, measures 12 x 16 and weighs nearly twelve pounds. This spectacular relic comes with a letter from a previous auction house signed by Carlton himself attesting to the award's authenticity. The letter states, ”This will certify that the 1982 Cy Young Award ... is the actual Cy Young Award presented to me in 1982 as the fourth such award received by me in my career. Until recently, the award has been on loan to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.” The 1982 Cy Young Award is the most prominent of these personal achievement awards ever offered to the public and was even featured in a July 20, 1998 Sports Illustrated article the first time it was up for auction. 
 
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