1938 Joe DiMaggio Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association "Outstanding Athlete" Trophy

Sold For: $1,645

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1288

Item Year: 1938

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Large, silver-plated figural trophy cup presented to Joe DiMaggio in honor of his being named the "Outstanding Athlete" of 1937 by the Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association. This trophy originates directly from Joe DiMaggio's estate and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by his two granddaughters. In addition, and perhaps even more important, it is also accompanied by an original Associated Press news photo of DiMaggio receiving this very award! The engraving on the front of the trophy reads " Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association/Outstanding Athlete Award /To/Joe DiMaggio/January 25, 1938." The accompanying photo (9 x 7 inches) pictures DiMaggio holding this award as he poses with fellow award winners Carl Hubbell and Mickey Cochrane, plus Connie Mack and Al Horwitz, president of the Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association. A clipping of the original newspaper caption is affixed to the reverse of the photo, which notes that DiMaggio was honored as the "Most Valuable Player," Carl Hubbell as the "Best Pitcher," and Mickey Cochrane as the "Most Courageous." 1937 marked DiMaggio's second season in the Majors and what a season it was. The famed "Yankee Clipper" batted .346 with career-high totals in home runs (46), RBI (167), runs scored (151), hits (215), and slugging percentage (.673) in leading the Yankees to their second consecutive World Championship. Incredibly, DiMaggio finished second in the official League MVP voting to Charlie Gehringer. Thankfully, as evidenced here, at least the Philadelphia Sporting Writers Association got it right that year by choosing DiMaggio as the recipient of its top award. This is both a rare and significant trophy in that it was presented by a highly respected association of sportswriters, as opposed to a local civic organization (Lions club, Rotary club, etc.). The trophy cup features a faux-wood base and stands twenty-six inches high, with a six-inch diameter base. The lid, which bears a number of minor indentations along the inner rim, displays a generic figural athlete that is missing its right hand. The trophy displays wear and tarnishing to the silver plating. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645

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