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Lot
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1951 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
Item Activity: 3 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Description:
1951 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. In the space-time continuum of our National Pastime, the year 1951 in the city of New York stands as arguably the most significant and dramatic location of them all. The great Joe DiMaggio steered his Clipper ship into dry-dock for good, Bobby Thomson's historic "Shot" sunk the Brooklyn Dodgers to complete one of the unlikeliest comebacks in League history, and two of the game's greatest stars launched their Hall of Fame careers on opposite banks of the Harlem River. While Willie Mays' brilliance was immediately evident, earning him a National League Rookie of the Year Award for 1951, his Yankees counterpart initially failed to live up to the advanced billing, or to the number "6" he was issued as the natural progression from Ruth to Gehrig to DiMaggio. But this was soon to change.

After a forty-game demotion to Kansas City and a famous pep talk from his father Mutt, Mantle returned to the Big Apple with a number "7" on his back and a fire in his belly, clubbing thirteen homers and sixty-five RBI's in 96 games of action to earn a spot on the starting roster for what would prove to be the last of six Yankees/Giants "Subway Series," and the first of a dozen appearances for the Mick on the game's grandest stage. His devastating knee ligament tear in Game Two would bring a sudden end to Mantle's 1951 season, and in many ways set the tone for the rest of his career as one of injury and self-medication.

Presented is one of just two bats issued to the rookie Mantle for this historic Series, and the only example known to survive to this day. The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby T41 provides a block lettered "World Series 1951, New York Yankees" framing the facsimile signature on the barrel, and heavy use with repaired handle and barrel and scattered ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks. We must report that a percentage of this use is not Mantle's--the lumber took on a second career in the sandlots of the Mick's childhood home of Commerce, Oklahoma. It was a gift from Mantle to his high school baseball coach who passed the bat on to his young friend Gomer Evans, a youngster who, like most boys in this small town, idolized the Mick.

Certainly this secondary usage does nothing to dampen the appeal of what must be considered one of the most important and desirable bats of the post-war era. The historic ash relic measures thirty-five inches in length and just under thirty-four ounces in weight, and makes its hobby debut in this Platinum Night auction. The PSA/DNA letter of examination notes that the incorrect T61 model number penned in the Hillerich & Bradsby ordering records for this September 28, 1951 delivery "is a simple clerical error at the factory and in no way detracts from the bat's authenticity." The letter also addresses a repair to the back barrel and handle, accounting for the lost points in the GU 8 rating. The bat is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the Evans family, who recount that Gomer was informed at the time of receipt that this was the bat with which Mantle cracked his only hit of the 1951 Series. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.

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