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The most esteemed and higly sought after individual prize in all of baseball is the Kenesaw Mountain Landis Memorial Baseball Award, better known as simply the "MVP". Presented annually by the Baseball Writers Association of America, it is considered by Major League Baseball as the only "official" most valuable player award and symbolizes the pinnacle of a player's personal achievement during any single season of play. In the past it has been bestowed upon the likes of Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Musial, Killebrew, and Robinson.Offered is the one and only specimen presented to slugging outfielder Dave Parker of the National League in the year 1978. Measuring 16" in diameter, the black ebony wood plaque is layered with the sterling silver and a raised gold medallion bearing the image of Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Below it reads, "Most Valuable Player National League…Dave Parker…Pittsburgh Pirates…1978." That season Parker nearly single handedly carried his team to post-season with a performance that included a .334 BA, 30 HR, and 117 RBI's, a feat all the more amazing when you consider he played through it all with a broken jaw. One of the only specimens of its kind ever to be offered publically and most certainly the last to be seen in the foreseeable future. EX-MT.
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