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    From his first of two consecutive AL MVP seasons!

    1960 Roger Maris Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. There's a certain element of fairness in baseball that makes it particularly well suited for its role as our National Pastime. It's one of the purest of meritocracies, with success based on nothing more or less than ability and performance. The son of a senator has no better chance of success than a son abandoned to an orphanage, or a child raised by parents in an unhappy marriage in the frostbitten town of Fargo, North Dakota.

    But aside from their Yankee pinstripes and difficult childhoods, Babe Ruth and Roger Maris were different in just about every other way, and followed dramatically different paths to page one of the single-season home run record book. While Ruth was the most beloved player in the sport, celebrated at home and abroad, Maris was widely seen as a Yankee interloper, ungrateful for and unworthy of the "NY" over his heart. It could be argued that no other athlete in American history has encountered as much adversity while setting a single-season record, and for this reason the achievement stands as all the more remarkable.

    One might have expected that earning the American League MVP Award in his first pinstriped season would have been enough to earn the unyielding affection of the Bronx fanbase, but many saw affection for Maris as infidelity to Mantle. So while the offered bat was able to carve out a piece of record-book immortality for its owner, it couldn't quite clear a large enough space for the superstar outfielder in the hearts of the Yankee faithful.

    But the retirement of the number "9" jersey and a bronze plaque in Monument Park would right all past wrongs and further elevate the importance of game gear from man that many believe is the legitimate single-season Home Run King. This Yankee lumber exhibits game use characterized as "outstanding" by the experts at PSA/DNA, who reference an array of ballmarks, grain checking and a professionally repaired handle crack in their assessment. Clearly this was a principle tool in Rajah's league-topping stats in slugging (.581) and runs batted in (112) during the 1960 campaign.

    The signature model Hillerich & Bradsby O16, at just short of thirty-six inches (35.75") and thirty-three and a half ounces (33.4 oz.), matches factory ordering records for June 1960 only, the data that validates a single-season assignation. It's unquestionably one of the finest Maris bats in the hobby. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.

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