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    With letter of provenance from original recipient!

    1939 Mel Ott Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5.

    Nice guys finish last.

    Well, not always. Though Leo Durocher's famous quip is most commonly attributed to a conversation regarding the universally beloved Ott's struggles as the Giants manager in the final seasons of his Big League career, few players in baseball history were as consistently successful as Mel Ott during his playing prime. On the short list of his most impressive accomplishments, Ott finished first in team rankings for home runs eighteen consecutive seasons (1928-45), the only man in baseball history to build a streak of that length in any of the Triple Crown categories. The youngest player to reach 100 home runs, and the first National Leaguer to reach 500, Ott wore the Senior Circuit career home run crown for three decades, and was enjoying the second season of that reign as he sported the presented road grey flannel treasure.

    Unusually small in stature for a power hitter, and utilizing a bizarre high-stepping batting style that would give a modern-day batting instructor fits, the native Louisianan was an unlikely candidate to rewrite the National League record books, a fact that made him all the more popular amid a Big Apple fanbase flustered by the dominance of the Giants' pinstriped neighbors. In Ott, the Polo Grounds faithful found their champion.

    Ms. Ursula Gonsenhauser emigrated to the United States in 1939 and soon thereafter developed a strong affinity for the national pastime of her newly adopted homeland, growing up in the Washington Heights neighborhood of upper Manhattan, not far from the Giants' famous ballpark. Her letter suggests that Ott gifted this signature model to her at the Polo Grounds between 1942 and 1947, and while it's possible that this recollection is accurate, it's more likely that the gift was made during that 1939 Centennial season of the bat's production and Ms. Gonsenhauser erred in her memory. The experts at PSA/DNA consider the signature model Hillerich & Bradsby's thirty-five inch (35") length and thirty-three ounce (32.7 oz.) weight to make a determination that this bat derives from a Paul Derringer/Chuck Klein model order that year.

    They assess game use moderate, noting a few ball marks on the left and right barrel. Handle is uncracked, and the clear finish of the bat has dulled over the passage of nearly eight decades, but none of the luster of its enormous collecting appeal. LOA from PSA/DNA GU 8.5. Letter of provenance from original recipient.


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    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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