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    1900-05 Clark Griffith Game Used Sidewritten & Vault-Marked Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. He did it all during his six-and-a-half-decade service to professional baseball--player, manager, owner. He'd win the very first American League pennant with the 1901 Chicago White Sox, captain the very first New York Yankees (Highlanders) team in 1903, and lend his name to the Washington Senators ballpark in 1923. Most historians credit Griffith with convincing his good friend, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, to keep baseball going during the Second World War.

    So there's no questioning the supreme historical relevance of the original owner of this ancient war club, the only known surviving example from Griffith's personal arsenal, and the earliest Hall of Famer-used bat bearing the player's name on the barrel.

    Was it used during that 1901 A.L. Championship season? Did it see the birth of the New York Yankees franchise in 1903? The answers to those questions are buried beneath the sands of time, but we can determine from the "J.F. Hillerich & Son" center brand that it was produced between 1900 and 1905, and from the factory sidewriting that it was returned to Louisville for duplication on "7-8-11." We can also make out the last three letters of "Griffith" in that ancient grease pencil text.

    Griffith's block-lettered surname is burnt into the back of the barrel, and both sides reveal a constellation of ancient nails used to tack down the swelling of the grain from countless impacts. Black residue on the cracked handle is likely due to some combination of gripping substance and the condition of decades of storage in the factory after return, possibly relating one of the fires that broke out there over the years. We find the "Griffith" vault-marking at knob.

    Length is thirty-four and a half inches (34.5"), weight thirty-six and a half ounces (36.4 oz.), but the historical importance of the bat is immeasurable. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5.

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