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    Massive game use from Yogi's second MVP season!

    1954 Yogi Berra All-Star Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. There was no greater player on the planet when this lumber was delivered to the Yankees' Hall of Fame backstop. Not even the mighty Mick himself had seen such a protracted residence at the upper reaches of American League MVP voting as Berra, the only player in Major League history with two full fists of World Championship rings. Between 1951 and 1956, the charismatic catcher only once fell below second place in American League Most Valuable Player balloting, and the 1954 Midsummer Classic found Berra at the center of his second season claiming the prize, with his third and final honor just a year ahead.

    So it's little surprise that Berra took the starting catcher job at the 1954 All-Star Game, feeling quite at home with starting pitcher Whitey Ford on the mound and manager Casey Stengel in the dugout. Berra would lead Ford hitless through the National League batting order, perfect but for a walk to Campanella, before the Hall of Fame hurler was lifted for White Sox right-hander Sandy Consuegra.

    The pitchers' duel suddenly devolved into a thundering avalanche of twenty runs, with the American League owning eleven of them, pleasing the Indians fans who had turned out for the Cleveland Stadium contest. Berra would record two singles and a walk in five plate appearances, scoring two runs.

    But, clearly, the enormous game use present upon this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby R43 is indicative of use well beyond that dazzling Midsummer Classic. It was common practice for All-Stars to repurpose their new bats for second-half action, and the orchard of ball marks, the deep stitch marks, the spike marks, the grain swelling and the heavy pine tar on the cracked and professionally repaired handle leaves no doubt of such designation.

    At thirty-five inches (35") and just under thirty-four ounces (33.8 oz.), the bat perfectly matches ordering records, and is one of just four Berra examples in the PSA/DNA database with the highly desirably number "8" in vintage marker on the knob. A black sharpie signature on the barrel completes the utterly unimprovable package. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).


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    December, 2017
    10th Sunday
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