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You may know him as The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, The Thumper, or Teddy Ballgame, but Joe DiMaggio knew him as “the best pure hitter I ever saw, period.” He was referring, of course, to Ted Williams. Outspoken, immensely talented, patriotic, iconoclastic, demanding, and larger than life – and for two decades, baseball’s best hitter and one of the best who ever lived. Combining keen vision with quick wrists and a scientific approach to batting, the 17-time All-Star set numerous Major League records, and despite missing five full seasons to military service and two major injuries, managed to hit 521 homers with a .344 lifetime average, only once hitting below .316. He ruled the fifties, and his 1957 campaign was arguably the greatest season ever by a veteran player. He hit .388 at age 39, with 38 homers and missed hitting .400 by five hits. In the second half of the season he batted .453. Williams charged to reach .400, sixteen years after first attaining that elusive figure in 1941, captured the nation’s attention, and his popularity reached an all-time high. This is Ted Williams’ bat.
It is, of course, a Hillerich & Bradsby bat of professional grade ash; a signature model Louisville Slugger W166 made to Williams’ exacting specifications; 35 inches and 33 ounces. The bat shows tremendous and superb use with numerous ball marks about the barrel and a ton of appropriate concentrated hits on the lefthand hitting surface, where it also displays the eighteen inch crack which took it out of day-to-day service. This gamer also shows some swelling on the grain indicating it may have taken some rain or been exposed to the elements common to Fenway. Labeling accurately dates this trophy to 1950-1960, and as such, this bat saw action during the most profound era of a career highlighted by TWO Triple Crowns, TWO MVP seasons, six AL batting championships… and universal reverence.
Bushing-SCD Authentic, 100% Authentic Team
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Auction End: 28-Sep-04 Post Views: 4386
Price; $0.00 – $10,000.00