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1958-1959 Yogi Berra Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $3,190.00
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model R43 bats exhibits considerable use including ball, stitch, bat rack, and cleat marks. The uncracked handle is wrapped thickly in tape (approx. 12 inches long) with a heavy coat of pine tar. The player number "14" is written on the knob end in vintage black marker; although Berra wore the number "8," it was a very common practice for one player to use another player's bat for a variety of different reasons. Berra's teammate Bill "Moose" Skowron wore #14 for the Yankees and most likely used Yogi's bat. H&B shipping records indicate that this bat was a special order (45 degree turned stamping), first sent to Berra on March 14, 1958. This model, with its unusual specifications, was produced expressly for Yogi Berra and no one else. Berra was one of the game's best pure hitters, able to golf low-pitches for home runs, and chop at high-pitches for line drives. Between 1950 and 1960, when he was the heart of the Yankees' batting order, he won three MVP awards, including back-to-back in 1954 and 1955. This is an exceptional, very distinctive, and highly documented Yogi Berra bat dating from the peak of his Hall of Fame career. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A8. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,190.00
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