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    "T is for Terry / The Giant from Memphis / Whose .400 average / You can't overemphis." -Ogden Nash

    1934 Bill Terry Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5. If not for Ted Williams' glorious 1941 campaign, it would be the 1930 season of Bill Terry still standing as the last to produce a .400 batting average. In an era when the long ball exploits of Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx were getting all the sports page ink, "Memphis Bill" was quietly constructing a career that would end at Cooperstown and a number fifty-nine ranking on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players of All-Time.

    The presented lumber finds Terry four years after his barrier-busting 1930 season, one in which he finished second to fellow future Hall of Famer Paul Waner in the race for the National League batting championship with a .354 average. It was the third of ten seasons in the New York Giants' managerial role as the successor to the three-decade reign of the legendary John McGraw.

    Yet despite Terry's enormous significance in the Golden Age and Depression-era sport, his game used bats are among the rarest of his contemporary stars. Fewer than ten have reach the hobby's major auction block in the past two decades, and likely none finer than this extraordinary signature model Hillerich & Bradsby H117, which earns every last bit of its stellar GU 9.5 rating. Heavy use is clearly evident throughout, with plentiful ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks coating the surface. The half-point deduction from a perfect rating is due to a professionally repaired handle crack. The center brand and facsimile signature are deeply burned, the former a rare format used only in 1933 and 1934.

    But bat expert John Taube was able to narrow that range even further, to a single March 14, 1934 order of three "Hornsby models" measuring thirty-five inches (35") in length at a weight of thirty-eight ounces (38 oz.). This would put the bat on site at the Polo Grounds as the Giants raised the 1933 World Championship banner to the top of the fabled stadium's flag pole on Opening Day. A rare and important relic that will fill a gap present in nearly all Hall of Fame bat collections. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5.


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    August, 2016
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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