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1951-55 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5....

2014 May 15 - 17 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas #7105

 
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Auction Ended On: May 16, 2014
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Location: Heritage Auctions
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Dallas, TX 75219

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1951-55 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. The son of The Kid's former teammate Harry Taylor (Red Sox 1950-52) is the source of this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W166 owned and operated by "the greatest hitter that ever lived." Expert John Taube characterizes the use on this thirty-five inch war club as "excellent," noting ball marks, stitch impressions and a spotty coating of grip substance on the uncracked handle, likely Williams' proprietary mixture of rosin and olive oil, according to former BoSox bat boy John Orlando, Jr. Taube points to several other documented Williams gamers in the PSA/DNA database with a similar mottled appearance, placing this fine specimen even more tightly into Teddy Ballgame's peerless hands.

Considering the fact that Williams played just six games in 1952 before heeding Uncle Sam's call to Korean War service, the bat's term of action could be all but definitively attributed to the single full BoSox season that he and Taylor shared during the bat's range of production. That 1951 campaign saw the iconic slugger lead all American Leaguers in slugging and total bases, his 129 RBI's second only to the dangerous Gus Zernial. His thirty home runs in 1951 would include the 300th of his career.

A penciled notation on the knob records the thirty-four ounce weight of this important lumber, but the appeal is truly immeasurable. It's a marvelous representation of one of the most essential game used bats in the hobby. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5. Letter of provenance from son of Harry Taylor.



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