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    1997 Tony Gwynn Silver Bat Award. Thirteen years after he won his first, this Hall of Famer and most beloved Padre of them all won his final batting title, recording 220 hits to soar to a .372 average, each a National League best. Not even Ty Cobb ruled his league over such a wide expanse of time, and Gwynn remains the only Major Leaguer in the top twenty for career batting average who never played a single game before the start of the Second World War.

    Like the 1984 model also on offer within this Platinum Night auction, this sleek silver beauty is a duplicate model personally ordered by Gwynn for display, identical to the lumber with which he assured his own immortality but for the materials used and the "Batting Champion 1997, National League, B.A. .372" engraved text. Even the rather short length of the bat--thirty-three and a half inches (33.5")--is consistent with Gwynn gamers.

    Condition is spectacular, with only the slightest hints of wear from storage and display. The National League batting title is now named for Tony Gwynn, adding further appeal to this special keepsake from Gwynn's own collection. Letter of provenance from Gwynn family.





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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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