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Lot # 961: 1999 Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians Golden Tomahawk Award

Category: Cleveland Indians

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 6 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

In 1963, members of the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America established The Gordon Cobbledick Golden Tomahawk Award, which was presented annually to the most underrated player on the Cleveland Indians. (Gordon Cobbledick was an esteemed sports writer/sports editor with the Cleveland Plain Dealer who was later inducted into the journalism wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.) The award was presented uninterrupted for 40 years until it was discounted after the 2002 season. Offered here is the 1999 Gordon Cobbledick Golden Tomahawk Award presented to Indians outfielder Manny Ramirez. This is an extremely scarce award and one of only a few we have ever seen come to auction. The design features a plaque bearing Ramirez's likeness and name, along with an actual tomahawk made of wood and stone. The lettering on the plaque reads in part "Selected by his teammates For his baseball skills and competitive winning spirt For his good sportsmanship and contribution to baseball on and off the field." 1999 marked the second consecutive year in which Ramirez won the "Golden Tomahawk" award, and for good reason. Ramirez batted .333 with 44 home runs and a league and career-high 165 RBI in 1999 to help lead the Indians to a first place finish in the American League Central division. The award (21.5x14.5") displays moderate tarnishing to the metal components and is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 

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