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    Returned to factory for duplication during 1929 Athletics World Championship season!

    1928-29 Jimmie Foxx Game Used Sidewritten Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. With Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig outpacing the home run production of every other American League ballclub and three consecutive pennants flying above the newly-constructed Yankee Stadium, few could have possibly predicted the brief but dramatic era of dominance on the Philadelphia horizon on Opening Day of 1929. The aging veterans Connie Mack had snapped up in 1927 and 1928--Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Zack Wheat--had been unable to slow the Yankee juggernaut, and with those old timers settling into retirement in 1929, it was youth that would prove to be the Athletics' salvation.

    The 1929 campaign would prove to be the first of thirteen consecutive triple-digit RBI seasons for Jimmie Foxx. leading the offensive stampede of the White Elephants that would find them clinching a Fall Classic berth by a gaping eighteen-game margin over the reigning World Champs. The A's would down the Chicago Cubs in five games to revisit the franchise glory of the early teens.

    While our lot title references the two-season production span of this particular iteration of Foxx' signature model Hillerich & Bradsby--the format identified in H&B ledgers as "His 2-21-28," faint sidewriting on the barrel tells us that it was returned for duplication on the twentieth day of an illegible month in 1929, that historic breakout season for Foxx and his beloved brothers in Philly.

    That barely visible handwritten grease pencil text is applied to a planed area of the bat's barrel beside a pale triangle that has resulted from years bearing the original mailing label before its adhesive finally gave way. This planing and handwriting was standard operating procedure at the Louisville factory, as was the practice of slapping a mailing label onto a bat and shipping it back without exterior packaging for duplication.

    As one would expect from a bat so beloved that its owner wanted more, the game use is exceptional, with ball marks, stitch impressions and the handle crack that ended its term of service. Shadows of tape at the handle, both for grip and for crack repair, likewise remain. This handle grip tape is a key Foxx trait, visible in period photography.

    The length of thirty-five and three-eighth inches (35.375") and weight of thirty-six and a half ounces (36.6 oz.) match Foxx' favored specs for this eventful era in baseball history, and complete the consideration of one of the finest Foxx bats to appear on the hobby's auction block. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5.

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    February, 2020
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