1911-15 Miller Huggins Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1911-15 Miller Huggins Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. Known as "Mighty Mite" for his scrawny five-foot six inch frame, the Hall of Fame skipper led the Yankees to their first six pennants and three World Championships as he butted heads with a boozing Bambino. His early and tragic death from blood poisoning in 1929 has established Huggins as one of the toughest pinstripers in any collectibles format, his game used bats virtually impossible. While it was Huggins' brain rather than his brawn that earned him Cooperstown immortality, we expect a fierce battle for this remarkable rarity from his service as second baseman to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Only from "Wee Willie" Keeler (and the toy Eddie Gaedel toted to the plate in 1951) have we encountered a shorter Big League bat, this stubby lumber stretching the tape to a mere thirty-one and a half inches (31.5"). But Huggins honored the Dead Ball Era norm in the bat's relatively hefty weight (38.3 oz.). Our catalog photography should convey that the bat is a virtual cylinder, with only the slightest tapering from barrel to knob.
The wide girth of the weapon provided a durability that no modern model could match, and it's likely that this was the only bat Huggins used for a season or more. Game use is characterized as "heavy" by the experts at PSA/DNA, who note ball marks, cleat divots, rack streaks and small nails to repair barrel checking and a slight handle crack. While the "Huggins" stamping on this "J.F. Hillerich & Son" dash-dot-dash model bat matches no other player in professional baseball history, the ancient relic is even more definitively linked to its legendary master by its unyielding fidelity to the H38 vault-marked model in PSA/DNA's database, the genetic forebear of the offered specimen. Unquestionably one of the toughest bats we've had the privilege to present. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.
Guide Value or Estimate: $10,000 - up.
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