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    1960 Ted Williams All-Star Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. That the greatest hitter who ever lived had earned the favor of the baseball gods to depart the game with the dignity of a home run trot is a truth that nobody could deny. But the story of that 1960 farewell homer is all the more perfect for its service as the purest microcosm of Ted Williams career in more than just that obvious degree. As the forty-one-year-old slugger circled the bases at the center of a roaring Fenway Park ovation, he stayed faithful to the grudge he'd nurtured against the residents of the grandstands and the press box since his earliest days, retreating to the dugout without the tip of the cap for which they implored.

    Far more a Cobb than a Ruth, Williams was a notoriously bristly figure, so it's almost jarring to see him grinning widely as he compares bats with the eventual American League MVP Roger Maris as they prepare for the second of two 1960 Midsummer Classics at Yankee Stadium in the Getty image included in the MEARS paperwork. One is struck by how rarely he showed that brand of emotion, though it might stand to reason that the opportunity to release the clenched teeth of competitiveness in a meaningless contest was the ultimate balm for Williams' fiery determination.

    Presented is the signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W166 issued to Williams for what would amount to two pinch-hit appearances, one each in Kansas City and New York City. He'd single in the latter plate appearance, recording, of course, the final All-Star Game hit of his career.

    The provided bat exhibits the light but definite game use one would expect for two at-bats and pre-game batting practice. Deep stitch marks bear witness to Williams' enduring power. Rack marks and spike divots likewise decorate the barrel. The uncracked handle exhibits scraping consistent with Williams' practice of removing his proprietary blend of olive oil and rosin (rather than pine tar) when the concoction grew too thick for his liking. Legendary ex-Red Sox bat boy John Orlando, Jr. was often tasked with such alterations, using a butter knife to make the extractions.

    At thirty-five inches (35") and thirty-one and a half ounces (31.5 oz.), the lumber perfectly matches Williams' exacting standards, and a blue sharpie signature on the barrel is a bona fide 10/10. An eye hook in the knob is the result of a display in Williams' home, and the bat is accompanied by a handwritten identifier from Williams' daughter Claudia that reads, "Last bat used single NY Kansas City 1960."

    As the long-suffering Red Sox tasted October action only once during the Splinter's splendid career, "special event" bats bearing his name are far less common than those from his contemporary Hall of Fame rivals in pinstripes. As a picture-perfect example of the very last of them, this is a bat with few post-war rivals. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph).


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