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    Late 1950's Ted Williams Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 9.5. We'll let the fascinating letter of provenance from our consignor tell the tale:

    "This bat was given to my uncle Ellis Clary in the late 1950's or possibly 1960. Ellis was the third base coach for the Washington Senators from 1955-60 and a friend of Ted Williams since his early days as a player for the Senators in 1942. Ellis told me Ted gave him this bat one day when the Senators were in Boston for a game. Ellis said he was talking with Ted before a game (probably around the batting cage) and asked him if he had an old broken bat he could have to put in his 'sports club' back home in Georgia. Ted called the bat boy over and told him to go into his locker and get him one of his bats. He brought this bat back and Ellis told him, No, I don't want one of your good bats, just a broken one. Ted told him to keep this one, and that it was one of his favorites and that he had hit many home runs with it! That's the story Ellis told me. It must have been a favorite to put those nails in the barrel..."

    Expert John Taube endorses the contention of this final sentence in his letter of authenticity, confirming that is is likely that Williams was attempting to extend the life of this signature model Hillerich & Bradsby W183 with the four small nails neatly tacking down swollen wood on the barrel. The game use is characterized as "outstanding," with ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks and Williams' proprietary blend of olive oil and rosin on the uncracked handle appears to have been scraped clean, as the superstar slugger would do when the coating became too heavy.

    Length is thirty-five inches (35"), weight thirty-two and a half ounces (32.5 oz.). Number "9" appears in vintage black paint on knob. A true workhorse of a bat from the greatest hitter that ever lived, with a documented tale of home run attribution! LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 9.5. Letter of provenance from Washington Senators coach Ellis Clary. Letter of provenance from nephew of Ellis Clary.

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    August, 2019
    17th-18th Saturday-Sunday
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