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    Bravery and brilliance from the game's greatest Jewish slugger

    1934 Hank Greenberg Game Used Rookie-Era Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. "Class tells," Jackie Robinson was once quoted as saying. "It sticks out all over Mr. Greenberg." These two legendary figures are linked by far more than Hall of Fame credentials and a mutual admiration (Greenberg was among the only opposing players to welcome Robinson to the Majors in 1947), as each also rates among the bravest men ever to wear a professional athletic uniform. Before African-Americans became the prime target for racist fans, it was the Jews, and Greenberg in particular who drew the taunts and curses of fans and opponents alike.

    It has been rather convincingly argued that 1938 would have seen Greenberg break Babe Ruth's 1927 home run record, but seeing the danger that a Jew might assume this throne, opposing pitchers chose to walk the Tiger slugger rather than give him a shot at the Babe. And so Greenberg would finish the season with 119 free passes, the highest in the American League that season, and the greatest total of his career.

    Times were never tougher for Greenberg than they were during the earliest seasons of his career, the period from which this monumentally important and desirable war club derives. The block lettered "Greenberg" on the barrel of the provided Hillerich & Bradsby assured production prior to the Semitic slugger's American League MVP season of 1935 when a contract signed with the Louisville manufacturer began the imprinting of Greenberg's lumber with facsimile signatures.

    Expert John Taube characterizes evident game use on the hefty hunk of ash as "outstanding," reporting ball marks coating the barrel, cleat marks, light barrel checking, deep handle scoring and a light crack on the handle that bears light toning from a removed tape repair. Length of thirty-five inches (35") and weight of thirty-four ounce (34 oz.) are faithful to factoring ordering records. A splendid representation that only narrowly misses PSA/DNA's highest grading assessment. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.


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