A splendid splinter from the Boston Red Sox legend1948-49 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7. He was born Teddy Samuel Williams, his middle name for his father Samuel Williams, and his first for former President Teddy Roosevelt, who famously advised those seeking influence to "Speak softly, and carry a big stick." While the Boston Red Sox outfielder may have faltered on occasion in the first half of this equation, his fidelity to the balance is immortalized in Cooperstown bronze, and in his placement at the top of most historians' lists of the greatest hitters of all time. Here we present a marvelous representation of the key tool of his trade, a signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W155 dating to that productive period between Williams' two tours of service to the United States Marine Corps.
Williams brought the same single-minded obsession that made him the game's most productive slugger to the selection of his arsenal, and the Louisville Slugger factory records record no fewer than eleven different formats requisitioned over the course of his career. This specimen was assigned to one of the orders made in either 1948 or 1949, seasons in which Williams claimed the American League batting title and Most Valuable Player Award respectively. His .343 average in 1949 was just two ten-thousandths of a point behind the Tigers' George Kell, denying Williams what would have been a third Triple Crown. The length of thirty-five inches and weight of thirty-three ounces perfectly match factory records.
Leading game used bat expert John Taube characterizes the evident use as "heavy," noting "many ball marks and stitch impressions...on the right, left and back barrel," joined by a scattering of cleat marks. Rear barrel exhibits some grain separation to bear witness to the sport's most effective left-handed swing yet the handle remains uncracked, further testament to Williams' remarkable ability to square up any pitch. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 7.
1948-49 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7.
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