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    1973 Hank Aaron Home Run Number 704 Game Used Bat. According to the experts at MEARS, this is the only photo-documented Hank Aaron home run bat, and what a bat to do it! The historic lumber comes to us by way of a Montreal resident who, in his younger years, was afforded the extraordinary opportunity of serving as bat boy for teams visiting the Expos' Jarry Park. On August 18, 1973, the team in his dugout was the Atlanta Braves, featuring an aging but still dangerous slugger named Hammerin' Hank Aaron. Early in the game, with Expos ace Steve Rogers on the mound, Aaron homered, this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby A99 in his hands. A photograph, interestingly shot by the father of Hall of Fame NHL goalie Martin Brodeur, pictures Aaron jogging back to the dugout after his round trip and shaking the hand of our consignor, who holds the bat in his left hand. In Aaron's subsequent at-bat he swung at an inside pitch and opened a thin crack that runs through the center brand. No longer of any use to the Home Run King, the bat was given to the young bat boy with Hank's compliments. This story is recounted in the bat boy's included letter of provenance, which joins the photo noted as well.

    While we are certain that the bat was used to club Aaron's 704th, the tremendous use and deeply imbedded lace marks suggest a strong possibility that other homers were launched into history by its battered barrel as well. Bat expert Dave Bushing describes use and ball marks as "Heavy," noting bat rack and cleat marks as well, and minor dead wood on back of barrel from the intense punishment. They also note "Perfect 44 both ends," describing the markered identifiers, and that the thirty-five inch length and thirty-three ounce weight are exact to Aaron's specifications. Losing only half a point due to the handle crack that compelled Aaron to make this bat a gift to a young Canadian, Bushing blesses this important artifact with a grade of A9.5. And when was the last time you saw a 700+ home run bat? We can't remember one either... LOA from Dave Bushing.


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    October, 2006
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