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1974 Lou Brock Signed Pro Model Bat (Hit #179)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $2,900.00
Adirondack model 332B is signed and inscribed "To: Bob - Far Out! - Lou Brock" in black Sharpie. Written below the signature in black marker is the notation "179th HIT 9-15-74 IN 8th INNING." This bat was a gift directly from Lou Brock to award-winning sports photographer Bob Bartosz in 1974, after Brock got his 179th hit of the 1974 season (he finished the year with 194 hits). The identifying notations are in Bob Bartosz' hand. Accompanied by a fascinating letter of provenance directly from Bob Bartosz detailing the history of the bat which reads as follows: To Whom It May Concern: Information about my Dated Lou Brock Bat. During the early 1970's while covering Major League Baseball as a sports photographer I became very friendly with St. Louis Cardinal great Lou Brock. I took a lot of black and white pictures for Lou, which he appreciated very much. The year was 1974 and Lou Brock was heading for the major league record of Stolen Bases. He had promised me a baseball bat during that year but each time that he came into Veterans Stadium he was always very short on bats, as he broke many of them while on his road trips. Lou was in Philadelphia on his last road trip and the season was just about over and he was down to his last bat, as he had just came in from the Pittsburgh games where he broke a bat. I was in the photographer's section next to the visiting team dugout when Lou came over to me in the 7th Inning and said, "Bob, I didn't forget about the bat I promised you but this is my last bat that I have with me until I get back to St. Louis. Would you like me to send you a new bat?" I said, "No, Lou that's OK, I would like to get a gamer (bat) and we can do it when I see you in Spring Training." At the top of the 8th Inning, Lou came to the plate and got a hit, got on lst base, stole 2nd base, and scored. He came over to me when he went back to the dugout, got his bat from the bat boy, and handed the bat to me in the photographers section of the dugout. We shoke hands and he said, "Have a nice winter Bob, see you in St. Pete's" (Florida). I dated the bat as "His 179th Hit on 9/15/74 in the 8th Inning." Lou finished the year, batting 306, getting 194 Hits and set the Major League Record with 118 Stolen Bases. Sincerely, Bob Bartosz, Sports Photographer. The bat exhibits moderate game use including ball, stitch, and bat rack marks, predominately on the back of the barrel. The cracked handle (approx 4 inches) has a heavy coat of pine tar and Brock's player number "20" is written on both the knob and barrel end in black marker. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 31 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A9.5. This is perfect Brock gamer, dating from a specific game, and a specific hit, during the 1974 season. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic, Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence, Steve Grad, John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA.Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,900.00
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