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    1969-72 John Mayberry Game Used Corked Bat. A three-sport athlete in high school, John Mayberry was drafted sixth overall by the Houston Astros in the 1967 Major League Baseball Amateur draft. In an effort to cut down on his strikeouts the Astros foolishly attempted to turn Mayberry into a slap hitter, rather than utilize his natural power that allowed him to hit 25 home runs in Double-A. After only 105 games with the big club in Houston he was shipped to Kansas City for Lance Clemons and Jim York. The Royals would immediately begin to reap the benefits with Mayberry earning MVP votes in four of his first five seasons in KC. His six solid season in blue and white were enough to earn him a spot in the Royals Hall of Fame in 1996.

    Offered is a cracked 36" Louisville Slugger Genuine John Mayberry S226 model bat. Heavy game usage and tarring are evident, especially on the lower handle and ball marks on the barrel. Tape obscures the crack on the upper handle/taper. Stamping dates the bat from 1969 to 1972, when Mayberry was with the Astros and Royals.

    Of particular interest to collectors and historians is a 3/4" diameter circle on the endcap which leads us to believe that this particular Mayberry model was corked by the slugger in order to gain that extra ounce of bat speed. Mayberry was clearly no stranger to the bending of the rules, as the following quotes illustrate:

    "John Mayberry has long been accused of using bats that would float." -The Washington Post, 1978

    "John Mayberry...recalls that a corked bat was available when he played for Kansas City. Reportedly, an undercover craftsman used to service the bats in the Kansas City clubhouse, charging only $1 apiece to cover the cost of cork." -Sports Illustrated, 1981

    "Many players have been accused of swinging illegal bats, including...John Mayberry." -The Los Angeles Times, 1982

    "Before the steroids era, accusations flew around certain teams-the Phillies and Royals of the 1970s and 1980s were rumored to have local carpenters do their dirty work. Players such as Hal McRae [and] John Mayberry...always faced suspicion, although they were never caught." -Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat, 2011

    Letter of Provenance from Kansas City Royals Batboy.


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