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    1960 Roberto "Momen" Clemente World Series Game Used Bat with Clemente Family Letter. Though it was teammate and fellow future Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski who clubbed one of the sport's most famous home runs to claim an unlikely World Championship for the never-say-die Pittsburgh Pirates, the noble Roberto Clemente will always be remembered as the heart and soul of the 1960's Bucs. Here we present one of the most important and desirable artifacts from his career ever to surface in the collecting hobby.

    This signature model Hillerich & Bradsby S2 was carted home to Puerto Rico by the iconic Hall of Famer after his first taste of World Championship glory. While the drama of Mazeroski's walk-off blast has served to overshadow the rest of the Bucs' offensive production in that nail-biting Game Seven finale, we remind bidders that Clemente singled in the bottom of the eighth inning to bring the Pirates to within two runs of the Yankees, and then scored when the next batter, Hal Smith, deposited a three-run shot into the left field seats to take a nine-to-seven lead. Those final four runs were scored with two outs, so if Clemente had not reached base, there's little doubt that the Pirates would have lost the Series.

    This bat is also particularly noteworthy as the very last "Momen" model. As a child, the pensive young Roberto had earned the nickname, a playful teasing of his habit of avoiding distraction by answering "momentito" (just a moment, in Spanish) when interrupted by his family. These early 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.

    At thirty-five inches (35") in length and a bit more than thirty-one ounces (31.4 oz.) in weight, this battle-scarred lumber perfectly matches Clemente's factory ordering records. The absence of an official grade from the experts at PSA/DNA is due to the fact that the bat saw sandlot use after its service in the Majors, quite possibly by Roberto Clemente, Jr., whose 1996 handwritten and signed letter of provenance attends. The bat remains uncracked despite its extended use. LOA from PSA/DNA, Authentic. Letter of provenance from Roberto Clemente, Jr.

    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2017
    16th-18th Thursday-Saturday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 10
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