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    His last home run gamer?

    1946-48 Mel Ott Game Used & Signed Bat Gifted to Charles Stoneham "Chub" Feeney, PSA/DNA GU 10. 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. Six times Ott would outpace all National Leaguers in long balls, becoming the third member of the 500 Home Run Club in 1945, and its first Senior Circuit representative.

    The offered relic finds the hard-slugging hero nearing the end of that Hall of Fame career, with just one final long ball contained within the signature model Hillerich & Bradsby O23's labeling period. That distinction leads us to wonder if this is the bat that launched number 511, as it derives from the personal collection of a man who would make an obvious recipient for such a special gift.

    It was sourced from the personal collection of Charles Stoneham "Chub" Feeney, which originally sold at auction in late 2018. Feeney was a direct descendent of Giants team owners Charles and Horace Stoneham and is somewhat ironically best remembered today for replacing Ott as Giants manager with Leo Durocher and breaking the team's color line to bring about a new era of success in the early 1950's. The mailing label affixed to the bat, now faded beyond legibility, was placed there by Feeney when he shipped all of his belongings to San Francisco with the 1958 Giants relocation.

    The bat exhibits game use characterized as "excellent" by the experts at PSA/DNA, who reference a nice coating of ball marks on its barrel, the only one we've encountered bearing an autograph from only Ott (a few multi-signed bats exist). His "Best Wishes, Mel Ott" black fountain pen ink rates an impressive 8/10. At thirty-five inches (35") in length and thirty-two and a half ounces (32.6 oz.) in weight, the lumber perfectly matches Ott's late-career ordering records. Handle is uncracked. A picture-perfect representation with singular appeal for its autograph, and the exciting potential of responsibility for the long ball artist's last diamond circumnavigation. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2020
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