Ever Wanted a Cy Young Award?

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Jim Palmer with two of his three Cy Young Awards. Want to buy one?

Every year, Major League Baseball grants the Cy Young Award to the best pitcher in each league, as decided by the Baseball Writers Association of America. And if you’ve always dreamed of displaying one on your mantel, between your Oscar and your bowling trophies, now just might be your chance.

Back in the 1970s, Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer won the Cy Young Award three times; he also snagged a few Gold Gloves for his superior fielding. And now he’s decided to auction those awards off to the highest bidder. That’s great news for Orioles fans or people with elaborate fantasy lives in which they’re professional baseball players — as long as they can pony up the estimated $60,000 to $80,000 the Cy Young trophies are expected to garner. (The Gold Gloves are the bargain-hunters option; they’re estimated to go for around $15,000.) And before you accuse Palmer of being a sell-out, consider that Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams did the same thing.

“At this juncture of my life, I would rather concern myself with the education of my grandchildren,” Palmer explained. “I also have a stepson, (15-year-old) Spencer, who is autistic and will need special care for the rest of his life. My priorities have changed.” If you want to get in on this, you’d better hurry — bidding is taking place online and over the phone through July 8 via Hunt Auctions.



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