I am roughly half way through reading this book and I wanted to present this story to my readers as I have never heard it prior and thought it should be out there for all of you…
I just finished the chapter about Fergie’s 1971 Cy Young winning season when this small story hit me. The book was written in 2003, so I have to imagine that it is still accurate today.
The story goes like this:
After the 1971 season, Fergie Jenkins was awarded with the award for baseball’s best pitcher – The Cy Young Award. Fergie was often asked to bring his new trophy with him when he made appearances so the hardware could be shown off. Fergie always obliged, and made it a regular habit to let fans see the award. Fergie was doing an appearance at a restaurant, with his Cy Young Award by his side, and the owner of the restaurant asked if he could keep the trophy on display as it really drummed up major business for his place. Fergie obliged, as he always did, and the restaurant quickly went out of business. Soon after, Fergie went back to that location to get his award back and realized that the restaurant that occupied that establishment was gone. He quickly went to work to track down the owner so he could get his trophy back. Unfortunately, he was never able to find his prize….
Enter huge baseball fan and ‘Super-Collector’ Charlie Sheen. Supposedly Sheen won this item in an auction more than 25 years after the award was lost by Fergie. When Fergie’s camp got wind of who the owner was and they attempted to contact Sheen. When contacted, Sheen said, “Sure he can have it back. He’s just going to have to pay for it!”
Fergie Jenkins refused to pay for a trophy he won and to this day it is believed that Charlie Sheen is still the owner of the 1971 Cy Young Award.
Look, prior to hearing this story I had no opinion of Charlie Sheen. He is a decent actor, whose best role was in a movie made 20+ years ago. I have never seen any of the television shows that he has made, but they continue to air so he must be doing well. His failed marriages and addiction problems have been in the tabloids for the last decade, but I have never let those stories effect or form my opinion about him as a man.
But this story gets my blood boiling!!! To be such a prick and disrespect the game of baseball and one of it’s legends is beyond me. All of this coming from a guy who is known to be a true baseball historian with an endless love for the game. Sorry Charlie(haha) but I now do have an opinion of you and it’s not a good one at all. You are just like all of those other jerks in Hollywood that have ruined people’s lives for your gain and for this act alone you now get zero respect from me.
Screw You Charlie Sheen. And Screw Rick Vaughn too…