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Lot 74

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Lot Number: 74

Description: Significant and unique Hal Newhouser American League Most Valuable Player Award for 1944 and 1945 seasons. Original The black painted wooden plaque measures 16" in diameter and retains its original surface. Applied to the front is an octagonal sterling silver placard with a 10K gold Kennesaw M.Landis bust vignette, "Hal Newhouser" nameplate, and 1944-45 year plate in form of gold baseball with crossed bats. Front is stamped "Dieges & Clust Sterling" at lower right. Wooden plaque itself remains fairly clean overall with typical light surface wear and paint crazing. Silver and gold placard exhibits some relatively light to moderate surface scratching with a few areas of light tarnish. Newhouser was without equal as a pitcher during the World War II era within Major League Baseball. He became the first pitcher to capture multiple MVP awards with a staggering two year combined record of 54-18 during the 1944-45 seasons. Newhouser led the Tigers to the 1945 World Series title and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. This particular award is literally a unique specimen having been awarded for two seasons. The award includes a signed letter of provenance from Newhouser explaining that due to war time and rationing materials he was presented with one award plaque rather than two in 1946. Exceptional player award of significance with additional desirability having been presented for two season accomplishment. Includes letter of provenance signed by Newhouser and photograph of Newhouser receiving the award in 1946: EX

Estimated Price Range: ($50,000-$75,000)

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