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    1939-40 Joe DiMaggio Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7. That heartbreaking day that Lou Gehrig assured a tearful sell out crowd that he still considered himself "the luckiest man on the face of the Earth," his young teammate Joe DiMaggio rapped out four hits in eight at-bats, elevating his batting average to a staggering .431. The star center fielder's achievement was rather understandably lost in the shadow of the Captain's farewell, but as the weeks progressed, along with the gaping Yankee lead over the second-place Red Sox, DiMaggio's protracted flirtation with the fabled .400 mark increasingly dominated the sports page headlines. Ultimately a zero-for-five effort against visiting Cleveland Indians right-hander Mel Harder on September 12th would knock DiMaggio from his perch for good, his bat progressively cooling through the formality of post-pennant-clinching contests to a .381 finale. It would nonetheless prove to be DiMaggio's first American League batting title, with his first Most Valuable Player Award the natural companion.

    The following season would see Joltin' Joe defend his batting title (at .352), while exceeding his 1939 home run tally of thirty by one, so the tremendous use on this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby D29 should come as no surprise. The multiple, tightly packed ball marks, stitch impression and raised grain speaks to the power and precision of the sport's most beautiful swing, and the placement of the wear on top barrel is correct for DiMaggio's label-up right-handed stance. Blue and green bat rack streaks likewise assure multiple games of activity. Black tar-like residue darkens the label region. Handle is solid and uncracked.

    Leading bat expert John Taube notes that the center brand style evident on this thirty-six inch slab of ash was utilized at the Louisville factory between 1937 and 1940, with the thirty-three ounce weight matching only three shipments in the Professional Bat Ordering Record (PBOR), each dating to either 1939 or 1940, thus narrowing the potential vintage.

    DiMaggio gamers are rare and important in any format, but this is a representation that distinguishes itself from that small population. It's a genuine DiMaggio workhorse with ideal vintage, a mute but unimpeachable witness to an era of brilliance all but unmatched within the sport's pantheon. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 7. LOA from MEARS, A7.5.

    1939-40 Joe DiMaggio Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7.

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    February, 2013
    23rd-24th Saturday-Sunday
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