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    The Mick's greatest October ends in despair

    1960 Mickey Mantle World Series Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5. The most famous home run of the 1960 was a heartbreaker for Mickey and his pinstriped pals--Bill Mazeroski's World Series walk-off--but a month earlier it had been the iconic Yankee slugger whose long ball artistry had the baseball world buzzing. In the top of the seventh inning of a September 10, 1960 visit to Detroit, Mantle obliterated a two-out, two-on delivery from Tigers right-hander Paul Foytack, clearing the right field roof of Briggs Stadium and its Trumbull Avenue border. The scorched sphere finally fell to Earth at the base of a shed in the Brooks Lumberyard, in view of a Brooks employee named Paul Borders.

    While greater home run distances have been estimated through mathematical equations, that 1960 Mantle blast stands as the longest Major League home run ever measured from home plate to its ultimate point of impact: 643 feet. It remains the official record in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    So while the sight of this lumber utilized by the Mick in that most painful October of them all may hit like a hangover at first, time will heal even the deepest of wounds, and we're left instead with the memories of just how glorious was this age of Mantledom. Behind him lay the longest home run in Major League history, and ahead, the greatest home run drama, as he and Roger Maris hunted the ghost of Babe Ruth while a global audience clung to the edge of its stadium seat.

    Mantle admitted that the Mazeroski blast was like a dagger through his heart, describing the flight back to his Dallas home in his biography, "The Mick," published in 1985, ''I couldn't stop crying.'' ''[His wife Merlyn] finally said, 'Mickey, it's only a game.' Maybe so. But just then I felt as bad as I've felt in my whole life.''

    The pain must have been all the more excruciating due to the fact that the 1960 World Series had been far and away Mantle's personal best, that evidence appearing in a sparkling stat line featuring a .400 batting average and a slugging percentage exactly double that figure. Three of the Mick's record eighteen Fall Classic long balls came in this 1960 edition, with a double thrown in for good measure. Eleven of the Yankees fifty-five runs were delivered from the bat of their superstar center fielder.

    The provided Hillerich & Bradsby signature model M110 exhibits game use characterized as "excellent," by the experts at PSA/DNA, suggesting that this relic played a leading role in that fruitless onslaught. Ball marks and stitch impressions coat the left and right barrel, a common trait for the switch-hitting slugger. Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight just over thirty-one ounces (31.2 oz.). The back barrel is restored, repairing a chip was dislodged in battle.

    The bat entered the hobby through a ballplayer named Fred Cooper, who tried and failed to make the roster during 1961 spring training. A since-lost letter of provenance is discussed in the PSA/DNA letter, stating that Cooper was given the bat by Yankee coach Wally Moses after it was damaged in training, but it is important to stress that the experts conclude "...with high probability that Mantle used the bat during the 1960 World Series," as well as in the subsequent spring. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5.


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