1955 Cy Young Collection
Back in 1950, my father was the eastern regional representative from Williamsport for Little League. And we used to go to the World Series every year. I was nine years old in 1950, and Carl Stotz, who founded Little League, introduced me to Cy Young, and from that point on, I had a relationship with him. He and I would sit in the lobby of the Lycoming Hotel for the next five years and talk. In 1955, I was up there for the World Series, and I had just gotten a Brownie box camera, so I asked Cy if I could take his picture. He said, "Well, not now. Come up to my room in about a half-hour." So I went up to his room and he had gotten potato chips and pretzels and Coke and sat in the chair and I took the picture, and he signed the baseball, he signed the book and he signed two 3 x 5 Little League cards. And it's probably the last picture of him taken alive, because in November of that year he died. And he just was a gentleman.
That is just so wonderful. Of course, he was a pitcher from 1890 to 1911, the greatest pitcher by wins. Also had the most losses.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937, the second class of the Hall of Fame. He passed away in 1955. In 1956, baseball created the Cy Young award, which is granted annually to the best pitcher, first in all baseball and then, several years later, in both leagues. And we have some wonderful items here which he signed for you and that, of course, you treasure. We have a signed baseball which... you also got a couple of other signatures on there. Including Robin Roberts, Hall of Famer. But Cy Young really stands out on that baseball. He had a beautiful old-time signature that you just don't see very often. He loved kids, and he loved doing things for them, the Little League connection, and he loved signing autographs. That's why his autograph is out there. It's not particularly rare, but it's incredibly desirable. You have a lovely book here, a Little League book, which he also signed for you. And of course your photograph of him, which shows the distinguished gentleman himself and the 3 x 5 card which he signed. They're wonderful pieces. As a collection, I would insure it for somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000 to $7,000, and it's the type of thing that will never go down in value, because Cy Young is a name that everyone knows and will know. As long as there's baseball, there's going to be Cy Young.
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