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    The Babe changes the game forever...

    1918-20 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7. When one comes across a piece such as this, an item that carries such tremendous import within the hobby, and within the history of baseball, the mind begins to wander through the possibilities. We consider the three-year span of this bat's production cycle, and realize that the most significant personnel change in the history of sports happened within it. And so was this bat swung by Babe Ruth the Red Sox star, or Babe Ruth the Yankees star?

    The odds lean two-to-one toward Beantown, but we can be certain of this much--it was swung by the season's Home Run King. In each of the three years during which this Hillerich & Bradsby may have seen action, it was Ruth who stood atop the homer heap. Only in 1918 did he fail to double the silver medalist's total by a wide margin, otherwise approaching three times the total of the runner up. Top slugging percentage also went to the Babe each season from 1918 through 1920, paying further tribute to the power the kid from Baltimore could generate with this bat.

    The "small signature" model Hillerich & Bradsby features the dash-dot-dash center brand and falls under the classification of "Old Babe Ruth R2" within factory ordering records. These early records are not as detailed as later entries would become, but those later entries do confirm that the Babe had some interest in lighter bats than standard fare (this one weighs thirty-four and a half ounces (34.5 oz.), and bats with a flatter end, as this one features. The thirty-six inch (36") length is a consistent Ruth theme throughout his career.

    The bat was refinished and restored subsequent to Ruth's ownership, which undermines attempts to characterize apparent game use, but Taube does confirm that evidence of use does exist. In its fully original state, this bat may very well have been able to command soaring six figure bids, so we're content to concentrate on the bright side of the matter. This may well be the only chance we mere mortals may have to own a Ruth gamer with potential BoSox derivation. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 7.

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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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