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    1950-55 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. Fellow Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski once noted, "They can talk about Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby and Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial and all the rest, but I'm sure not one of them could hold cards and spades to Williams in his sheer knowledge of hitting. He studied hitting the way a broker studies the stock market and could spot at a glance mistakes that others couldn't see in a week." The Splendid Splinter's childhood wish that he would one day be called the greatest hitter that ever lived did indeed come to fruition, a fact which makes any lumber once blessed by his world class hands a genuine treasure of our National Pastime.

    The presented signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W166 was Williams' preferred model throughout the first half of the 1950's, the "W" in the model tag referring to his own last name. The length is an even thirty-five inches (35"). The current weight is just under thirty-three ounces (33 oz.), though it's likely it weighed slighly less in Williams' hands as he was known to bake his bats daily in the clubhouse clothes dryer to increase the spring of the ball off the barrel. Ball marks coat the right barrel, with moderate pine tar at the handle removed, another common Williams characteristic. Cleat marks pepper the wood as well, and a faded vintage number "9" is legible upon the knob. Handle is uncracked. Expert John Taube assesses game use as "excellent." The bat was presented for signing to Williams' long-time rival Joe DiMaggio, whose blue ballpoint signature joins that of a traced Lefty O'Doul and one other (illegible) on right barrel. A high-end specimen from the arsenal of the greatest hitter that ever lived. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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