Sunday, February 22, 2015

# 626-621 1972 Topps Awards

Baseball loves to give out awards....There are many parallel trophies...The next 6 cards represent an odd lot of accolades featuring the trophy over any particular  individual...While league MVP, ROY, and Cy Young fully exist to this day other are footnotes...Little is written for each card, leaving out teams and players...just a recognition of it's current status....



The Babe Ruth continues as somewhat obscure format, overshadowed by World Series MVP...the two awards are closely related but not the same as the WS MVP for instance Al Weis did not win the Babe Ruth award, Don Clendenon was WS MVP….Since 1949 the award was given 18 to players other than the WS MVP….Given out weeks after WS MVP....as voted by NY Chapter of Baseball Writers association….



Rookie of the Year...Still going strong needless to say...




The Topps Minor League Player of the year...short lived and long extinct...In it existence, lived simultaneously with the Sporting News MiLPY award....Facing a similar state, SN MiLPY was discontinued in 2005....Media outlets Baseball America and USA Today have taken over similar awards to this day.




Like ROY, Cy Young lives...


The oldest of awards, started in 1931....
 

Soon after the publication of this card, the award was renamed in honor of Roberto Clemente....continues to this day...Two achievements now bear the name "Commissioner"...The Commissioner Trophy, given to the World Series Championship Team and Commissioner Historic Achievement Award (not an annual reward given out at the Commissioner's discretion) 


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