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Sparky Lyle Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 22, 1944 in DuBois, Pennsylvania
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 1" Weight: 182
First Game: July 4, 1967 ; Final Game: September 27, 1982
Awards and Achievements
Named AL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1977)
Named AL Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News (1972)
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Sparky Lyle This article was written by Diane MacLennan and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Why pitch nine innings when you can get just as famous pitching two?" -- Sparky LyleHe did just that. Albert Walter "Sparky" Lyle never started a game in his 16-year major league career, has 238 career saves, and was the first American League relief pitcher to win a Cy Young Award (1977). "I wonder what Ben Shingledecker thinks of my winning the Cy Young," says Lyle. Born in DuBois, Pennsylvania on July 22, 1944, Lyle tried out for the hometown teener league team at the age of 13, and was told by Shingledecker, "You can't throw hard enough to be a pitcher." Feeling crushed by this Sparky played only pickup baseball around his neighborhood for the next few years. In the small coal mining town of Reynoldsville, PA, 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Albert "Sparky" Lyle was known as the Reynoldsville High School football and basketball star, named as an All-Conference end in football and recognized with an honorable mention on Pennsylvania's All-State basketball team. In the spring of his junior year in high school, he started pitching for the DuBois team of the Legion league because Reynoldsville did not have a Legion team.
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