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    Rare lumber from the Georgia Peach!

    1922-23 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. Perhaps the most fascinating psychological study in the long history of professional baseball, Tyrus Raymond Cobb came into this world with the chip of a fallen Confederacy already firmly installed upon his shoulder, his southern resentments still burning decades after the flames of General Sherman's march through his home state of Georgia had been extinguished. "He was still fighting the Civil War," reported Tigers teammate "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, "and as far as he was concerned, we were all damn Yankees."

    Cobb's youthfulness and southern sensibilities made him a prime target for rookie hazing during his first year in Detroit, driving his resentments even deeper into the grain of his being. Manager Hughie Jennings looked the other way at first, "because I wanted to satisfy myself that Cobb has as much guts as I thought in the very beginning," he explained. When pitcher Ed Siever confronted Cobb over a dropped ball in a Tigers loss, Cobb pinned Siever to the ground and rained blows down upon him, then sat awake all night in his Pullman berth with his gun on his lap during that night's train ride to Chicago. Years later, Cobb would recall, "Those old-timers turned me into a snarling wildcat."

    And so while the popular stories of intentional spikings and fatal pistol whippings may be more folklore than fact, the bottled rage and gritted teeth determination of The Georgia Peach were entirely real, establishing Cobb as the definitive superstar of baseball's down and dirty Dead Ball Era.

    The emergence of Babe Ruth and the lively ball signaled a tectonic shift in the sport's landscape, but the developments only hardened Cobb's resolve, and he had begun to view himself as one of the last defenders of the original game by the time he put this battle-scarred signature model Hillerich & Bradsby C28 through its paces somewhere between the 3,000 and 4,000 hit plateaus.

    The detailed letter of examination from the experts at PSA/DNA explains that this was part of a historic "find" in the mid-1980's of bats rescued from a Louisville Slugger storage area that had endured flood and fire over the passage of decades, causing many to become coated in a thick black residue. Most of those bats were scrubbed clean after the "find" had scattered the contents to the collecting winds, but a planed surface on the left barrel is a clear hallmark of (now lost) sidewriting, and the distinct cleat marks are a perfect Cobb trait. Game use is outstanding, with three nails tacking down slight checking on the barrel, which PSA/DNA is convinced were driven into the wood by Cobb himself. Handle crack is professionally repaired. Length of thirty-four and a half inches (34.5") and weight of forty ounces (40.4 oz.) are both perfect matches to Cobb ordering records for the labeling period that supplies the vintage of the lot title. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.

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