TTM Success: 1971 American League Cy Young & MVP Winner, Mr. Vida Blue!!!
The second of five baseballs that I sent out last month in hopes of adding some newly signed balls to my collection is now home.
And it is signed by one of the best pitchers from the early 1970’s – Mr. Vida Blue.
Statistically speaking, Vida Blue’s 1971 baseball season is one of the most impressive in the sport’s great history. So dominant that year, Blue walked away from the league’s Cy Young and MVP honors.
His stat line looked something like this: 39 starts, 24 wins, 8 losses, 312 innings pitched, 1.82 ERA, 301 strikeouts, 88 walks. Very solid stuff, indeed!
So, when I wrote my letter to Mr. Blue, I asked for not only his autograph, but an inscription too.
And now for your viewing pleasure, here is my Vida Blue signed baseball:
And now, for the sweet inscriptions:
While I am not a huge fan of baseballs signed on the ‘Side Panel’, I really do love how Mr. Blue added those inscriptions. And based on hoe large his autograph and inscriptions are, I think that if all were on the ‘Sweet Spot’ of the ball it would not have come out as nice.
The only downside is that when on display, I can only show of one side of the ball…
Thanks for the great autograph Mr. Blue!!!