Friday, August 13, 2010

Sepia Saturday: Baseball Cards

Well, these really aren't sepia,
they're soft faded colors of times gone by.

Baseball cards.

Cy Young.

Whose real name, I learned, is Denton Young.

Famous pitcher from the early 1900's,
major league baseball. An award carrying
his name is still coveted by major league pitchers
a hundred years later. 

I can imagine that he appreciated receiving
the "receipts of the game"
but how keen was a baseball pitcher
on silverware and floral designs?

Images courtesy of the Library of Congress
Photo Collection.

Who doesn't wish they had pristine originals?


Martin H. said...

Fascinating cards and illustrious career. Who makes the award that now carries his name?

Pat transplanted to MN said...

very interesting expecially those old cards...

Meri said...

Martin, I did some research because I thought I knew the answer but wanted to double check. I was right about who gives the award, but didn't know the details about how winners are determined. Wikipedia says:

The Cy Young Award is an honor given annually in baseball to the best pitchers in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American League (AL) and National League (NL).

The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who died in 1955. The award was originally given to the single best pitcher in the major leagues, but in 1967, after the retirement of Frick, the award was given to one pitcher in each league.

Each league's award is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with two representatives from each team, which means 28 ballots are cast for the American League winner, and 32 ballots are cast for the National League. Each voter places a vote for first, second, and third place among the pitchers of each league. The formula used to calculate the final scores is a weighted sum of the votes.

The pitcher with the highest score in each league wins the award. If two pitchers receive the same number of votes, the award is shared.

Christine H. said...

I just love old baseball cards. These are especially nice because of the colors and the backs.

Nancy said...

These old baseball cards are just lovely. I never thought I would use that adjective to describe baseball cards -- but then I've never seen any like these ones! Thanks for sharing them.

Vicki Lane said...

Such elegance for baseball cards! Wonderful post!

daylily (Queenmothermamaw) said...

That was wonderful for SS. Those are some prizes you have, even though I know little of card collecting. Interesting info too.

L. D. Burgus said...

I have never seen anything like these cards. It is perfect of SS.

Alan Burnett said...

I have always believe that our use of the term "sepia" refers to an idea rather than a colour and therefore this is classic sepia. The reproductions of the cards are so good they are almost tactile.

Marilyn said...

What wonderful cards and so much history in them.