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    Includes photo of Aaron holding bat next to star-struck young recipient.

    1961 Hank Aaron All-Star Game Used Bat with Unique Provenance, PSA/DNA GU 9.5. At the close of the twentieth century, The Sporting News named its "100 Greatest Players" roster, placing the original owner of this remarkable slab of lumber at number five behind only Ruth, Mays, Cobb and Walter Johnson. A quick review of Hammerin' Hank's stat line validates that elite assessment. While Aaron's career home run crown was controversially assumed at the height of baseball's "Steroid Era," he remains the all-time Major League leader for a pair of statistics arguably even more illustrative of slugging supremacy: runs batted in (2,297) and total bases (6,856).

    Certainly such feats require the perfect pairing of elite talent and sturdy longevity, each half of that equation documented by the fact that Aaron was named to no fewer than twenty-five All-Star Games during his twenty-three seasons in the Bigs. Those confused by that math should be reminded that a pair of Midsummer Classics was played each year between 1959 and 1962 before Major League Baseball returned to the standard practice that had existed since the first in 1933.

    The offered Adirondack 63A emerges from that brief period. In the July 11th contest at San Francisco's Candlestick Park, Aaron would tie the game in the bottom of the tenth inning after leading off the frame with a pinch hit single. Roberto Clemente would quickly thereafter bring home Willie Mays with the walk-off winner. Twenty days later, the Midsummer Classic would see its first tie game, Aaron going hitless in two at-bats at Boston's Fenway Park. The bat's game use, characterized as "outstanding" by the experts at PSA/DNA, suggests that Aaron followed the common custom of continuing the regular season with his All-Star lumber after the exhibitions were completed.

    The barrel is replete with ball marks and stitch impressions, though the handle remains miraculously uncracked. The reason the bat was retired before suffering such a wound is likely due to its public presentation to a young fan, a moment documented in a charming photograph of a young white boy in absolute awe of his African-American sports idol--even wearing a t-shirt with Aaron's name--a truly heartwarming scene from the height of the Civil Rights Era. The details of the exchange are murky, as that owner sold the bat to a Wisconsin card shop owner decades ago, reporting at the time that he had won some sort of contest with a local dairy to meet Aaron and accept his All-Star bat. Unfortunately, only the photograph survives to document this provenance.

    Length of thirty-five inches (35") and weight of thirty-three ounces (33.1 oz.) are a perfect match to Aaron's preferred specifications. This is unquestionably the most important Aaron bat Heritage has offered since a 1954 rookie model commanded $132,000 in our February 2018 Platinum Night event. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5. Photograph of original recipient with Aaron.


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