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    Displayed for years at "Gabby Hartnett Recreation Center"

    1928-30 Gabby Hartnett Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. Until Johnny Bench helped bring the championship of professional baseball back to its Cincinnati birthplace, it was this man who was all but universally considered the greatest catcher in the history of the National League. The six-time All-Star was the first Major League catcher to slug twenty home runs in a season, and he commonly led the Senior Circuit in gunning down enemy base thieves.

    But the long-time Cubs backstop is best remembered in baseball history for his heroic "Homer in the Gloamin'," a walk-off blast against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the closing breaths of both the game's daylight and the 1938 season to leap-frog the Bucs to a half-game lead in the pennant race. "Bleacher Report" ranks it as number sixty-three of the greatest homers ever.

    This is the first Hartnett bat we've encountered from the opening half of his Hall of Fame career, a hefty signature model Hillerich & Bradsby measuring thirty-four inches (34") in length and weighing over thirty-seven ounces (37.2 oz.). Game use is characterized as "excellent" by the experts at PSA/DNA, who reference ball marks and cleat divots. Handle is uncracked and a number "34" appears in faded grease pencil on the knob, almost certainly a reference to the bat's length as the Cubs didn't wear jersey numbers until 1932.

    The bat was displayed for years in the cocktail lounge of Hartnett's eponymous recreation center/bowling alley in Lincolnwood, Illinois in the Chicago suburbs, and includes a letter of provenance from the gentleman who sourced it from that location when the business closed around 2005. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9. Letter of provenance from consignor.

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    August, 2020
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