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    Consigned by former bat boy John Orlando, son of famed Red Sox equipment manager!

    1956 Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9. If you want the inside scoop on how Teddy Ballgame tended to his arsenal, there's not a better man on Earth to ask than the consignor of this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model W183. His name is John Orlando, Jr., son of the famed equipment manager who served thirty-five years in the Fenway clubhouse (1925-59). The younger Orlando made use of that paternal connection to earn the coveted role of bat boy for the Sox, and both father and son appear in the 1956 team photo, a Xerox of which is provided with the lot.

    The elder Orlando and Williams were the closest of friends and so the iconic slugger likewise developed a fondness for the son, entrusting him to service the bats that he famously studied unlike any other player in Major League history. Orlando's detailed letter of provenance notes that a proprietary blend of rosin and olive oil was Williams' version of pine tar, and we find the remnants on the cracked handle of this war club, which Orlando retrieved and saved when its term of service to the game's greatest hitter was ended.

    Leading bat expert John Taube assesses the bat's game use as "outstanding," noting heavy concentrations of ball marks on the barrel aldong with green Fenway bat rack streaks and the aforementioned handle coating. A faded number "9" is still visible on the knob, as is a penciled number "33," indicating the weight in ounces. Length is thirty-five inches, each dimension perfectly matching factory ordering records.

    It was in 1956 that Williams became the fifth player to reach the 400 home run plateau, and his .345 batting average was bested only by Mickey Mantle's famed Triple Crown performance. With exceptional game use and ironclad provenance, this is one of the most exciting Williams bat offerings to appear in recent years. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9. Letter of provenance from John Orlando, Jr.

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