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    1925-30 Rogers Hornsby Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7. "He was frank to the point of being cruel and as subtle as a belch," wrote sports journalist Lee Allen of the gruff Texan who terrorized two generations of Major Leaguers with a temperament excused only in the face of true greatness. The parallels between Ty Cobb and Hornsby are quite striking--beyond their positioning at numbers one and two on the career batting average ladder, each brought a gritty Southern determination to his craft, refusing to hang up the spikes until age forty-one. Both had suffered shocking family tragedy--Cobb's father and Hornsby's brother each shot to death. And after nearly 20,000 combined at bats, just a single strike out separates their respective totals, Hornsby with the edge at 679.

    The clear divide between these two early legends comes in the power stats, where Hornsby's three excursions north of the .400 season mark become all the more eye-popping. Hornsby claimed the Triple Crown during two of these campaigns, clubbing forty-two and thirty-nine homers respectively in 1922 and 1925. Cobb's single Triple Crown in 1909 was achieved with just nine Dead Ball dingers.

    Here we present a battle-scarred veteran from the arsenal of the Senior Circuit's most dangerous man, a Burke Batrite Beaver Driver Model TA Hornsby 10 5 exhibiting excellent use with ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks and repairs to a handle crack and barrel checking that bear witness to a long term of punishing service. Though Batrite did not maintain ordering records in the nature of H&B, expert John Taube asserts that the thirty-five inch length and thirty-four and a half ounce weight match Rajah's preferences, concluding, "...we believe that bat was game used by Hornsby during the referenced labeling period." A thrilling relic from the heart of Hornsby's career, with the potential years of issue containing two National League MVP Award-winning seasons. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 7.

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