1974 Kellogg's #41 SPARKY LYLE Card PSA 10 Yankees

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  • Item Category: Sports
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  • Sold Date: Nov 20, 2010
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Another nice collectible for your consideration. You are bidding on a 1974 Kellogg's #41 Sparky Lyle 3-D Card, Graded PSA GEM MINT 10 . This '74 card from the 1st Kellogg's 3-D set, and has graded by PSA the leader in graded cards, as GEM MINT 10, the highest grade a card can receive. Card is PSA #81924269. Front and back scans of the card are provided below.

Former professional baseball pitcher and manager Albert Walter "Sparky" Lyle was born July 22, 1944 in Du Bois, Pennsylvania. The Baltimore Orioles signed Sparky Lyle as an amateur free agent in 1964, but was selected by Boston Red Sox, from the Orioles, where he made his MLB debut on July 4, 1967. Lyle played for the Boston Red Sox (1967-1971), the New York Yankees (1972-1978), the Texas Rangers (1979-1980), the Philadelphia Phillies (1980-1982), and the Chicago White Sox (1982). Lyle's first win in the majors came on July 27, 1967 and from 1969 to 1971, he served as the Red Sox closer. Prior to the 1972 season, Lyle was traded to the New York Yankees.The transaction eventually proved to be one-sided as Lyle became the Yankees' bullpen ace, establishing himself as one of the best relief pitchers of the 1970s. He played a major role in the Yankees capturing three straight pennants from 1976 to 1978 and winning the World Series in the last two of those years. In 1972, he saved 35 games, an American League record at the time, and a major league record for left-handers, and the same year, Lyle became the first southpaw to collect 100 saves in the American League. He also finished 3rd in the 1972 MVP voting. He again led the league in saves in 1976, and in 1977 became the first AL reliever ever to win the Cy Young Award. He was named an American League All-Star in 1973, 1976 and 1977. In 1976, he broke Hoyt Wilhelm's American League record of 154 career saves, and the following year eclipsed Perranoski's major league mark for left-handers of 179 career saves. In 1998, he became the manager of the Somerset Patriots, a minor league team based in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He managed the team to Atlantic League pennants in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009, and has been the only manager the team has had since its inception.

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