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    The "Shot Heard 'round the World" hero earns his Fall Classic lumber

    1951 Bobby Thomson World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. We would say that the provided bat only exists because of the most famous home run in baseball history, but several years ago we discovered that belief would have been in error. When the 1951 pennant race ended in a dead heat between the National League's two Big Apple representatives after the full 154-game schedule was complete, plans for a three-game tiebreaker were quickly cobbled together.

    The sudden development came as a shock and complication to the workers at the Hillerich & Bradsby factory, who had historically set about creating the official World Series bats as soon as the pennant was awarded. But with the Fall Classic beginning the day after the scheduled third game of the National League playoffs, there was no choice but to produce bats for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants teams to ensure timely delivery.

    Of course, the stunning come-from-behind walk-off blast at the Polo Grounds by Bobby Thomson rendered the former half moot. But rather than simply destroy that "phantom" Dodgers lumber, the World Series text was instead obscured with a series of x'es and delivered to Brooklyn anyhow, a truth that the 2008 Heritage auction offering of Roy Campanella's 1951 World Series bat exposed. The result was an intriguing if somewhat painful reminder of what might have been.

    The offered model supplies a far more welcome trip down memory lane, even though the Giants were unable to improve the adjective describing "Champion" from "National League" to "World" as they fell to the mighty Yanks in the Series. We'd still consider this to be the second best Bobby Thomson bat that exists, the obvious winner being the "Shot" bat that properly resides at Cooperstown.

    The block-lettered Hillerich & Bradsby R16 perfectly matches Thomson's preferred specification of thirty-five inch length (35") and thirty-five and a half ounce weight (35.5 oz.), diverging from standard format only by the historic text on the barrel. Medium use is evident in the form of ball marks, stitch impressions and green adn red bat rack streaks. Barrel exhibits light, inconsequential water staining. A thrilling relic from one of the most memorable weeks in baseball history. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.

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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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