MastroNet April 2002
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In 1957 the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company began the tradition of honoring the top fielders at each position with the presentation of a "Gold Glove Award." Given to each member of "The Sporting News" All-Star Fielding Team, the "Gold Glove Awards" have become an annual event which today is recognized as among the highest individual honors that a player can receive, and is the only award honoring defensive excellence. This particular trophy was presented to Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone in 1969. The award is designed with a gilt Rawlings left-handed first baseman's glove set upon a three tiered wooden base. A gold baseball, labeled "Rawlings" is displayed on each side of the glove. The top tier of the base displays a gold metal facing which states "Rawlings Gold Glove Award." The second tier displays a similar gold metal facing and reads "1969 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Presented To Joe Pepitone - Honoring His Selection As The Finest In The Field." Excellent to Mint condition. Joe Pepitone was a three time All-Star who won three Gold Glove Awards during his unique career. This particular award (16" by 17" by 6") was the second awarded to Pepitone. The first one was destroyed in a fire and Rawlings had issued Pepitone this replacement several decades ago. The only difference is the first one, as with all Gold Glove Awards, has the players portrait engraved on the top tier name plate. Gold Glove Awards are an extremely rare commodity in the baseball collectible field. Because of their significance and magnificent display value, recipients rarely part with them. Only a handful have come up for public sale in recent years. This particular example is exceptional in every way, and is the next closest thing to the genuine article at a fraction of the cost.
Joe Pepitone 1969 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
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