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    1923-24 Ty Cobb Side Written Game Used Bat. Famously quoted as saying, "When I came to Detroit, I was just a mild-mannered Sunday school boy," the iconic Georgia Peach would fuel himself with a steady diet of anger and hate in the years to follow to metamorphose into the sport's most terrifying figure. The dark knight of the first quarter of the twentieth century game, Cobb was baseball's Machiavellian ideal of claiming power and respect through the iron fist rather than the hand of friendship. It's particularly interesting that this tremendously important side written bat appears within the same auction as another once belonging to Babe Ruth, as these members of the Hall of Fame's inaugural class represent a study in contrasts on several fronts, most notably their public personae and the manner in which they wielded their bats.

    The peculiarities of Cobb's batting style are clearly evident in the forensics of the offered specimen, placing it into the hands of this legend with the same degree of certainty that the Hillerich & Bradsby factory side writing does. Before we move on to a discussion of this physical evidence, we'll again present a brief tutorial on the concept of factory side writing. For several decades it was common practice within the professional leagues for players to return their favorite bats to the Hillerich & Bradsby factory for the purposes of duplication, at which point the receiving clerk would apply a grease pencil notation to the barrel noting the player's identity, the date, and sometimes the team, the weight of the bat, or other such specifics. The appeal within the collecting community is quite obvious-this "side writing" provides the most solid provenance imaginable, and stands likewise as a testament to the player's own particular fondness for the bat in question. In this case we find a faded but still quite legible "T.


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    October, 2007
    27th Saturday
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