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1965-68 Roberto Clemente Game-Used Bat w/Equipment Manager LOA (PSA GU 8)Go Back
1965-68 Roberto Clemente Game-Used Bat w/Equipment Manager LOA (PSA GU 8)
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Not only was this uncracked U1 Hillerich & Bradsby bat in the skilled hands of Roberto Clemente at one time, but authenticators traced the model to the 1965-68 period, in which the Pittsburgh Pirate legend engineered two of his signature seasons. The great right fielder averaged 188 hits and captured two batting crowns in the four-year span, which was fairly representative of his career. What separated it from the rest were the 1966 and 1967 campaigns, however, which saw Clemente at the apex of his dominance.
In 1966, one in which Clemente produced career-highs of 29 home runs and 119 RBI and led the Pirates to a close third-place finish, he was voted National League MVP. Statistically, He outdid himself on several fronts one year later when he hit a career-best .357 on 209 hits. If the rest of the fifth-place team hadn’t fallen victim to poor health and sub-par performances, Clemente no doubt would have been afforded MVP honors for the second consecutive season.
So one can only wonder when Clemente waved this magic wand. Was it in 1966, when he was the most valuable player across the spectrum of the N.L.? Or was in 1967, when, according to almost any formula, he was the best all-around player in baseball – period? Quite possibly, it was one of them.
Either way, in terms of condition and authenticity, this bat rates among the finest that AMI has offered in its history. Graded pan style=”font-weight: bold;”>GU 8 by PSA’s experts, the bat shows obvious use in the form of numerous hit marks on the barrel. Streaks of blue-and-green bat rack appear there as well. The name “Roberto Clemente” is burned into the barrel. A light layer of dead wood can be seen on the left barrel. The 36″, 36.4-oz. dimensions are vintage Clemente – in the modern era, few players have swung a longer, heavier bat.
The museum-quality piece comes with a letter of authenticity from Chuck Cirelli, the long-time Pirates equipment manager. Cirelli confirms that he wrote the uniform number “21” in black marker on the knob (now somewhat faded, but still legible), a duty that was exclusively his. There also we find the penciled-in weight and the stamped model number.
100% Authentic Team, Psa Bats-John Taube
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Auction End: 27-Mar-06 Post Views: 5860
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