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    The Hall of Famer's most coveted format, with World Championship vintage!

    1960 Roberto "Momen" Clemente Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 7--Signed by Pittsburgh Pirates Team. He lived a hero of Pittsburgh and died a hero of Nicaragua, his body forever lost at sea following the crash of his overloaded earthquake relief plane in the coastal waters of his native Puerto Rico. Already guaranteed baseball immortality through his eighteen brilliant seasons of Major League service and his newly-minted key to the 3,000 Hit Clubhouse, Roberto Clemente achieved the closest thing to baseball sainthood that tragic last day of 1972, assuring that any artifact once blessed by his touch would be held in the highest of collecting esteem.

    As a child, the pensive young Roberto had earned the nickname "Momen," a playful teasing of his habit of avoiding distraction by answering "momentito" (just a moment, in Spanish) when interrupted by his family. Rookie-era bats are particularly prized for this variation in the facsimile barrel signature, a trend abandoned by the future Hall of Famer upon claiming his first World Championship in 1960. From 1961 onwards, Clemente decided it was time to put away childish things.

    One suspects that this bat was turned from tool of the trade into autograph vessel at the conclusion of the 1960 season that fellow future Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski ended so gloriously, as light game use and the absence of any handle cracks suggest the special signature model Hillerich & Bradsby U1 would have otherwise continued its service to its master. The unique specifications of the lumber, the lightest of the thirty-five inch (35") "Momen" models at thirty-three ounces (33 oz.) assures the special vintage, confirmed by the bold (7/10 average) red ink autographs of the World Champions, perhaps two dozen in total. These include Clemente himself, Mazeroski, Face, Burgess, Law, Hoak, Groat and manager Danny Murtaugh.

    Also appearing, in bold blue ink, is George Sisler, hitting coach for the Pirates who was instrumental in the development of Clemente. One suspects it was their close relationship that inspired the elder legend to acquire this special lumber from his protege to present to a friend. It is Sisler's handwriting that reads, "To Leslie Schmitt, Pittsburgh Pirates 60," personalized to our consignor whose seats directly behind the Pirates dugout supplied the geographical proximity required to form a friendship with several team members, notably the veteran Sisler.

    Number "21" appears on the knob of the bat in faded black marker, the format familiar to those schooled in Clemente gamers. A drilled hole at each end reveals evidence of mounted display. The rare "Momen" format, the World Championship vintage, and the full roster of Pirates autographs leave this representation with few equals in the collectibles marketplace. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 7. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph). Letter of provenance from consignor.


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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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