Carlos Santana’s Bat

After searching every imaginable place and exchanging emails with manufacturers, we gathered reliable information on the size and preferred model of Carlos Santana’s bat. Included as well, are his best at-bat to date and all the information we found on his game used bats. The sources from which we gathered the information are linked below.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Sam Bat 33.5 31 32.8 SG1 Maple 2010 – 2011
Marucci C341 2012 – 2016
Louisville Slugger H238

Carlos Santana's Bat

What Size is Carlos Santana’s Bat?

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

The heaviest bat of Santana’s we found is a 32.8 ounce Sam Bat. Others are close to that, and as far as we could tell, do not range outside the 32 to 33-ounce range. In terms of length, Santana bats are 33.5 to 34 inches long.

What Bat Model Does Carlos Satana Use?

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

Carlos Santana uses several different models. For a while we thought he would never use anything but a Sam Bat, but, more recently, we confirmed his use of Marucci’s sticks. In particular, the C341. His Sam Bat is often an SG1. In his earlier days, he often used the Slugger H238.

Carlos Santana Game Used Bat Characteristics

Don’t expect to see any grip or tape jobs on Santana’s bat. As well, the use of pine tar is limited. Expect, on the other hand, well-worn bats in the 33 to 34-inch length and the 31 to 32-ounce weight range. Sam Bats and Marucci are the most common. Outside of those two brands, be wary of a real game used Carlos Santana Bat.

Carlos Santana’s Best At Bat

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

The most significant, game-changing, at bat for Carlos Santana came on April 29, 2011 (thanks to Baseball Reference for declaring it so).  With the score tied 5 to 5 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Santana would face Joaquin Beniot, a Tiger reliever at the time. With the bases loaded on a 3-1 count, Santana, from the left side of the plate, would utterly destroy a 94 mile per hour fastball. It would land over the right field fence as Santana admired the view. The Indians win 9 to 5.

Carlos Santana’s Bat Sources

Collections Auctions Bat section has some helpful information on Santana bats. As well, Gold In Auctions Santana auction is helpful and amazing. We also referred to Pristine Auctions for some Santana bat insight. The Baseball Reference Guide for Santana is, as always, invaluable.

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Kris Bryant’s Bat

After reviewing every source imaginable, we discuss the sizes, models and makes of Kris Bryant’s bat, as well as his game used marks and his best at bat. Sources for this information are linked below.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Marucci 33.5 31 KB17.2 Ash 2015
Victus 34 31 31.5 KB17 2014 – 2016
Chandlar 34 31 CB243, KB17 2014 – 2016
Zinger Ash 2013
Louisville Slugger 34 30 243 Ash 2014

Krist Bryant's Bat

(See Kris Bryant and Chandler Bat Pricing Here)

What Size is Kris Bryant’s Bat?

Krist Bryant's Bat

Since his debut in Major League Baseball, Bryant uses a 33 to 34-inch bat that weighs 30 to 31 ounces. There are a few bats we found weighing less than 30 ounces, but those are attributed to his Minor League days.

What Bat Model Does Kris Bryant Swing?

Krist Bryant's Bat

Like most MLB players these days, Bryant has used a list of bats. We found evidence of at least five different brands and no less than six different models. Truth be told, the bat models and makes he has used probably numbers a dozen or more.

More recently, Bryant used his Chandler KB17 almost exclusively during the Cubs 2015 and 2016 season.

Game Used Kris Bryant Bats

Krist Bryant's Bat

A Kris Bryant game-used bat has characteristics worth noting. As we mention above, the 33 to 34-inch length and a 30 to 31-ounce bat should be expected. Also, we noted, we never saw a tape, or grip job on any of the bats confirmed as Bryant’s gamers. His bat shape is similar to the 243 turn. Meaning, a traditional knob, a long barrel, and a reasonably quick taper.

Kris Bryant’s Best At Bat So Far

Krist Bryant's Bat

Down 7 to 8 vs the Rockies on July 27, 2015, Rookie Kris Bryant stepped into the box with two outs. Dexter Fowler, two hitters earlier, was on first base after a single right field on a 5 pitch at bat. John Axford,  5-year veteran, had faced Bryant once before and walked him. This time, Bryant took the second pitch of the at bat, an 87mph slider, into the 10th row of the left centerfield bleachers. The cubs win 9 to 8.

That shot stands as the 14th home run of Bryant’s career and his first ever walk-off.

Kris Bryant’s Bat Sources

What Pro’s Wear has information on Kris Bryant’s Bat types. Gold In Auctions Bryant Victus bat auction was also helpful. As well, this great story of Bryant shipping a game used bat to a twitter fan is awesome. Pro Bat Facts had some information too.

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Roberto Clemente’s Bat

Despite his bat being deemed a rare find, Roberto Clemente’s bat details are found everywhere. No surprise, considering he may be the best Pittsburgh Pirate to ever play the game, and with his untimely death, left a hole in the story of what would have been. Here we attempt to consolidate information on bat sizing, models, and game used information. This serves as a starting point for research on the Puerto Rican Roberto Clemente’s bat.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 34.5 36 31.4, 36 38 U1, G105 1955 – 1972
Rawlings Adirondack 37.75 129 1968 – 1970

Roberto Clemente's Bat

What Size Bat Did Roberto Clemente Use?

Roberto Clemente's Bat

Roberto Clemente swung the largest post-WWII bat we have yet to document. Often swinging bats as heavy as 38 ounces, his bats were clubs compared to many others of his era. Willy Mays and Hank Aaron, for example, never swung anything more than a 35-ounce bat. Even by pre-WWII standards, Clemente’s bat was heavy. Ruth and Gehrig would have been impressed.

We found one auction where the bat weight measured at 31.4 ounces. However, this came from his rookie season. Through his prime and later in his career, he regularly used the large 38-ounce bats.

What Bat Model Did Roberto Clemente Use?

Roberto Clemente's Bat

The data gathered shows Clemente preferred Louisville Slugger’s U1 much of the time. However, he spent time swinging the G105 and, we would guess, a number of other models from the ever present Hillerich and Bradsby.

Game Used Roberto Clemente Bats

The enormous sizing makes a number of Clemente bats recognizable. No others, were 38 ounces. Additionally, on some of his bats, Clemente would carve light grooves in the barrel—believing this grip would create better backspin on the ball for better flight carry. We debunk much of this at justbatreviews.com in the best baseball bats section. Expect, as well, his jersey number (21) written on the bat’s knob.

Roberto Clemente’s Best At Bat

Roberto Clemente's Bat

In the second to last game of the 1972 season, Roberto Clemente, with 2,999 hits for his career, dinked a slow roller to 2nd base in the bottom of the 1st. He would beat the throw to first, but the official scorekeeper ruled the player an error. The remaining at-bats for the game would include a strikeout, fly out and ground out. Hence, his 0-4 day left him at 2,999 hits going into the final game of the season.

The following day, in the bottom of the 1st, Clemente stuck out. In the bottom of the 4th, against pitcher Pitcher Joe Matlock of Mets fame, Clemente drove a fastball on a rope to the left-centerfield gap. He would sprint to first and jog it out to second for a stand-up double. At the time, he was the 11th player to hit for 3,000 hits and the second, save Honus Wagner, to do it in a Pirates uniform.

It was the last at-bat of Clemente’s season, and little did we all know, it would be the last at-bat of Clemente’s career. Tragically, in December of that year, a plane carrying Roberto Clemente and his humanitarian efforts to the earthquake victims of Nicaragua would crash. There were no survivors. Puerto Rico would hold three days of national mourning.

Roberto Clemente’s Bat Sources

There is a fascinatingly long story about the bat Clemente used for his 3,000th hit. An ESPN writer gives his first-hand account here. PSA bat facts is helpful. Check out Gold In Auction’s Clemente bat auction too. Mears Auction house has some decent sizing information dates. VSA Auctions on Clemente’s bat was used. You can read some of the details of Clemente’s plane crash in this New York Time’s Piece.

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David Ortiz’s Bat

The data below represents our attempt to gather all the information on the internet about David Ortiz’s bat through hours of online research, mlb.tv game footage and exchanging some text with collectors. Our intent is to cover everything imaginable about David Ortiz’s bat including size, weight, length, brand and model as well as what years he used what bat. Many of the sources we used are toward the bottom of this article on David Ortiz’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Years
Marucci 34.5 32.8, 33.4 Maple DO34, Papi 34 2012 – 2015
Nakona 34.5 32 Maple 2009 – 2010
Rawlings Adirondack 34.5 30.7, 31.6, 32.1, 32 456B 2005 – 2008
X Bat 34.5 32.3, 32.5 Model 24 2004 – 2007
Louisville Slugger 34.5, 33.75 30.8, 31.1  Ash O76, C243 1997 – 2004

David Ortiz's Bat
Unlike a lot of pro model versions, you can actually buy a David Ortiz game bat with an Amazon search like this. As well, eBay often has game used bats of David Ortiz on auction.

What Bat Does David Ortiz Use?

David Ortiz's Bat

Ortiz, like most MLBers,  has used many different makes and models in his career. Our chart above simplifies something that is not that simple. Ortiz likely used a number of different bats during any given season or, frankly, any given game. However, roughly speaking, we found the bats listed above in auction, attributed to those specific years.

More particularly, during his Twins’ years, Ortiz most often used Louisville Slugger’s C243. There is some evidence of the O76 model from Slugger, too. We could not find evidence Big Papi used Slugger any time after 2004. However, we could find his use of the X-Bat 24, a significant number of Rawlings Adirondack 456B and a splurge on Nakona bats in 2009 and 2010. Around the start of the decade, Ortiz appears settled on Marucci’s Papi 34 formerly known as DO34.

It would appear Ortiz prefers maple—as many big hitters do—but we found some evidence of him using ash bats as well.

What Size is David Ortiz’s Bat?

David Ortiz's Bat

Outside of his rookie year, Ortiz swings a 34.5 inch bat religiously. Across brands it didn’t matter. As the weight of wood varies, so does David Ortiz’s bat weight. The average is around 32.5 ounces (making his bat a natural drop 2), but they ranged as low as 30.7 and as high as 33.8. The only real trend we notice is his more recent bats rarely come in under the 32.5 ounce weight. No where close to the like’s of Babe Ruth and David Winfield.

David Ortiz’s Best At Bat

David Ortiz's Bat

On June 11, 2006 at Fenway Park, the Red Sox played the Rangers in an inter-league game. At roughly 2:45pm the Red Sox looked beat. It was the bottom of the ninth. The Sox were down 2 to 4. Ortiz, the designated hitter that day sitting in the three spot, stood in the box. Akinori Otsuka, the Japanese transfer, and now closer, for the Texas Rangers, was on the mound. Starting the 9th inning, Otsuka forced a ground ball for the first out. His 2nd and 3rd hitters lined singles up the middle. The fourth hitter flied out to right field and the runners did not advance.

Otsuka would work the count to two balls and two strikes before getting Papi to foul off another pitch. With two strikes, two runners on, down by two in the bottom of the ninth, SABER metrics would portray the chances of the Red Sox winning at almost nil. Yet, on that final pitch of the game, Big Papi would drill an Otsuka heater into deep right and over the wall. A three run shot to walk it off. It would be the most significant game-changing at bat of his entire career.

David Ortiz Game Used Bats Info

David Ortiz's Bat

Ortiz’s game used bats are readily available on the market. Searches on ebay (like this) and Amazon (like this) usually turn up a few specimens. Ortiz’s long career offer a variety of gamers for any collector. His grip has changed from tar, to athletic tape, to Lizard Skin Grip. Massive ball marks can be found on good specimens, as Ortiz hits very hard. Boston Red Sox game used bats tend to be more expensive than his Twins’ days, but they are all very collectible.

David Ortiz Bat Sources

PSA’s Bat facts for David Ortiz were very helpful. Goldinauctions.com is always good for Ortiz sizing information on the particular models they auction. What Pros Wear had some limited information on Ortiz’s Marucci bat. Bidami, if you are up for some searching, is always good for some weight and model number information and they have plenty of David Ortiz Bat info. Also, we found some Ortiz rookie bats at Huggins and Scott auction house.

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Hank Aaron’s Bat

After a few hours’ research finding information on Hank Aaron’s bat, we compile our data below. It includes the most up to date information on the bat sizes, models, weights and lengths Hank Aaron used during his career. Below we also discuss one of his most memorable at bats and some signs of his game used equipment. Our intent is to serve as the single place for the most comprehensive aggregated information on Hank Aaron’s bat. We link other sources we referenced below.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger 35 31.5, 33.25, Ash A99 1957, 1973 – 1975, 1976
Rawlings Adirondack 35 33.5 Ash 63A 1968 – 1969

Hank Aaron's Bat

What Bat Did Hank Aaron Use?

Hank Aaron's Bat

Like most players in his era, Hank Aaron switched between two bat brands: Louisville Slugger and Rawlings Adirondack. Specifically, the A99 from Louisville Slugger and the Rawlings Adirondack 63A. While lack of TV coverage makes it impossible to tell exactly which bat he preferred through which years, we can confirm there are many more A99 Sluggers on the game-used market than those of the 63A Adirondack. We consider that enough information to claim Aaron at least slightly preferred the Slugger.

It is possible, indeed probable, Hank used more than these two models from these two brands. But what we can confirm in current video footage, conversations with collectors and auction house data is those two particular models.

What Size Was Hank Aaron’s Bat?

Hank Aaron's Bat

Bat sizing for Hank Aaron isn’t readily available. What we did find, however, was a consistent 35 inch length bat across his two preferred brands. Weights were as low as 31.5 ounces, but usually came in at 33.5 ounces. In other words, it could be said the greatest home run hitter in the game used a 33.5 ounce bat.

Of some interest, Aaron’s bat swings heavier than Barry Bonds’ bat, which averaged in the 31.5 ounce range.

Hank Aaron’s Best At Bat

Hank Aaron's Bat

On July 12th, 1962, Hank Aaron faced a 28 year old, 7 year veteran from the St. Louis Cardinals named Lindy McDaniel. It was the bottom of the 9th in an Atlanta game that started at 8pm. One batter earlier, McDaniel replaced 9th inning closer Luke Jackson, who replaced the Cardinal starter just two hitters before that, for a home run he gave up—more on that later. The score was 4 to 6 in favor of the Cardinals. Now, down two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cards, looking to put the Braves to bed, sent the 6’2″ right handed McDaniel to the mound. Aaron was up batting in the 4-hole. One out. The bases were loaded.

As you can guess, since we are writing a blurb on an otherwise forgettable middle season game some 50 plus years ago, Hank Aaron smashed a bomb deep to left field. His 275th. It was a grand slam walk off. Astonishingly, Aaron would hit a total of 16 grand slams in his storied career—but only this one was a walk off.

Aaron would hit another 480 home runs before retirement to end with the magical 755.

Oh yeah, and that home run four batters earlier that sent the starting pitcher into the locker room? None other than Hank Aaron’s kid brother, Tommie Aaron. And before you ask, no, it was not the first time two brothers hit a home run for the same team in the same game. But, it was a first for the Aaron’s, and it was a feat they would not repeat.

Hank Aaron’s Game Used Bat Details

Hank Aaron's Bat

Expect any game used Hank Aaron bat to be very hard to confirm. During the beginning of his career he used pine tar, but by the end not so much. Sometimes he put #44 on the knob, unless of course he didn’t. Or rather, maybe his number was 5 as it was in the start of his career. Due to the legend of Aaron, and the lack of his gamers (gamers are bats he used in a game) made available to the public, it’s very unlikely to run across a game used Hank Aaron bat. But, if you did, you’d have one of the best pieces of historical memorabilia baseball can offer.

You may also be able to gather some insight into Aaron’s bat by checking out the bat of Barry Bonds.

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Tony Gwynn’s Bat

Tony Gwynn’s batting average is from another era. No player born after 1940, save him, has a .338+ lifetime average. His strike-outs, or lack thereof, rank better than just about anyone you could name. He was more likely to hit for 4 base hits in a game then he was to a have a multi-striek out game. The list of incredible things he did with a bat is long. Here, we dive into the bat he did it with. Taking from a number of sources and referencing many collectors, we write this report on Tony Gwynn’s Bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Louisiville Slugger 32.25 31 C263 1991 -1995
Louisiville Slugger 32.5 – 33 30 – 31 C267, B267 1999
Louisiville Slugger 35 32 R161 John Kruk
Louisiville Slugger K55
Rawlings Adirondack
Hoosier

Tony Gwynn's Bat

What Size Bat Did Tony Gwynn Swing?

Like most contact hitters (see Wade Boggs), Tony Gwynn used a lighter bat. In fact, the 30 to 31 ounce Slugger C267 is one of the lighter we have documented on this site of bat usage. Few in the bigs have ever swung anything with less mass.

The same goes with the length of Tony Gwynn’s bats. Although some documented an occasional 35-inch bat, the length of most of Gwynn’s bats were never over 33 inches. Quite often, in fact, they were closer to 32. The best hitter since Ted Williams using a less than 33-inch bat would be revelatory to a number of high school players trying to swing 33 and 34 inch bats.

What Bat Model did Tony Gwynn Use?

His preference was Louisville Slugger’s brand. Most game used auctions we could find were the C263, C267 or B263 model.

No doubt, however, Gwynn used other brands and models. Auction evidence exists of the Rawlings Adirondack Big Stick. Other reputable sites claim the uncommon brand Hoosier bats was also occasionally used by Gwynn. As well, it wasn’t uncommon for Gwynn to use another player’s bat. In an early 1990’s season, Gwynn preferred John Kruks R161 model Slugger bat. The R161 which was swung by players in his era like Boggs, McGwire and Ozzie Smith.

Tony Gwynn’s Game Used Bat Information

Tony Gwynn's Bat

Some legit bat gamers from Gwynn show a thick tape job for the bottom hand of his bat. As well, a bit of pine tar is found on well-used game used bats. Well on his way to baseball immortality,  Gwynn donated or sold a number of his verified game used sticks through his own company. As such, there are a number of Gwynn game used bats on the market with individual inscriptions.

Tony Gwynn’s Bat Sources

We referenced a number of sources while putting together this write-up on Tony Gwynn’s Bat. Foremost may have been the PSA Bat Facts data found here. There is no better place for aggregated statistics than Baseball Reference.  Bidami auctions for Gwynn’s bats are helpful too. Gold In Auctions is a good reference too. You may also like the bat’s that Bryce Harper and Mike Trout used.

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Rod Carew’s Bat

A conversation on the best hitters of all time must include Rod Carew. With a .328 average and membership in the 3,000 hit club, few have matched his numbers—especially in the modern age. We scoured the internet for information on his bat and conglomerate it here for those interested in details on Rod Carew’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 066
 Louisville Slugger 34 1/4 31 C243 1967 -1985
 Louisville Slugger 34 1/5 29.5 – 31.5 F147 1967-1985
Adirondack (Rawlings) 34.5 32 381 B 1980

What Size Bat Did Rod Carew Use?

Rod Carew's Bat

Like most contact hitters we have highlighted, Carew tended toward lighter swinging bats. We could not locate a bat over 32 ounces and a few were in the 29-ounce range. Carew, like Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith and Dee Gordon, used a light bat by today’s (or any day’s) MLB standards.

Over his 19 year career, we found no evidence his bat size changed much, if any at all. The average size of a Carew bat was 34 1/2 inches long and 31 ounces.

What Model Bat Did Rod Carew Use?

Rod Carew's Bat

We can locate one Rawlings Adirondack bat attributed to Carew’s 1980 season. Otherwise, from 1967 to 1985, his bat log is littered with Louisville Slugger branded bats. In particular, the C243 from Louisville Slugger appears to be his bat of choice. But, you can also find some F147’s in the mix.

Rod Carew’s Best At Bat

Rod Carew's Bat

Over 19 years, Rod Carew played for only two teams: The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, in that order. In his rookie season with the Twins, he was named AL Rookie of the year. The following 17 years would also be All-Star years for Carew where he amassed 3053 hits. None more significant than number 3,000 on Augst 4, 1985.

At that time, only fifteen players had hit for 3,000. Consider this: of the fifteen 3000 club members, only eight reached the mark previous to 1970, leaving seven to seize the distinction in the 1970’s. Skip the 80’s for a minute. In the 1990’s, seven more players joined the 3,000 club. Another seven since 2000 have been added. If you are keeping track, that makes twenty-nine, 3,000 hit club members total from all decades excluding the 1980’s. During the 80’s, only one single player would reach the milestone. And the only player to reach the 3,000 club within his decade? Rod Carew. Carew may not have compiled the most hits of any player, but within his generation, and the unique time of defensive prowess and pitcher advantages of the 1980’s MLB, Rod Carew stands alone.

Incidentally, that 3,000th hit on August 4, 1985, which Carew drove with ease for a single to the opposite field, came as the Angels played Carew’s only other team: the Twins. Fitting.

Rod Carew’s Game Used Bat Information

Rod Carew's Bat

Carew’s bat is characterized by a thin handle and a light amount of pine tar. His gamers often bore his jersey number (either 29 or 21, depending on the year) on the handle or knob.

Rod Carew’s Bat Sources

We reviewed a number of sources for information on Rod Carew’s Bat. As always, the PSA Bat Facts page is informative. American Memorabilia Auctions has a number of Rod Carew bat auctions up. Here, for example, is a great Rawlings Adirondack model from which we gleaned information. Baseball References stats on Carew are also helpful.

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Wade Boggs’ Bat

We scoured the internet, checking auction houses, statistical references and a few grading sites for up to date information on Wade Boggs’ bat. As you might imagine for a 3000 club member and Hall-of-Famer, data was abundant. After sorting through the reliable reports, the following article on Wade Boggs’ bat serves as a landing page for gathered information and sources.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 33 3/4 to 35 30 to 32 B349 Ash 1990+
Louisville Slugger 34 – 35 31 to 33 C235 Ash 1980-1989
Louisville Slugger 34 – 35 32 R161 Ash 1980 – 1989
Rawlings Adirondack 456B Ash
Cooper

Wade Boggs Bat

What Size Bat Did Wade Boggs Use?

Wade Boggs Bat

Wade Boggs’ bat size ranged between 33 3/4 to 35 inches long and from 30 to 33 ounces. His bat sizes varied over the years and tended to get a slightly lighter as he got later into his 18-year career.

What Bat Model Did Wade Boggs’ Use?

Boggs used Louisville Slugger bat models more than any other. However, he often used Rawlings Adirondack bats, and some argue that during the mid 90’s he did like the Adirondack from Rawlings just as much. However, most of his game used bats are Louisville Slugger B349 for later in his career, and the C235 with an occasional R161 more toward the beginning.

He used his Adirondack 456B throughout his career. No doubt he tried other brands, including the era-popular Cooper (like Bo Jackson).

Wade Boggs’ Game Used Bat Signs

A lot has been written on the process of identifying Wade Boggs’ game used bats. In particular, most note that they contain similar characteristics even across his career. The number or initials on his bat, the heavy use of pine tar, and the predictable game models and weight are all signs of Wade Boggs’ game used bats. Vintage Bats, the site, has as detailed a write up as you could hope for.

Wade Boggs’ Best At Bat

Wade Boggs Bat

When Derek Jeter hit a home run for his 3000th hit on July 9, 2011, not many remembered his this feat had been accomplished before. Twelve years earlier, on August 7, 1999, Wade Boggs, now a player for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, stepped into the left side of the batter’s box on a 2 and 2 count with 2,999 hits. Two of those hits came earlier in the game. (For Jeter, only 1 had). Chris Haney, the Indians’ reliever, would hang a breaking ball at Bogg’s belt buckle and then get drilled for a no-doubter over the right-center field fence.

He would trot the bases much like he did the other 117 times he went deep in his 18-year career. Instead of crossing home plate with this feet, however, this time he knelt down and kissed it. Fitting, too, considering this 118th home run would be the last of his career. He would finish the next two months with 10 hits putting his total at 3,010. At the end of the season, he retired.

Wade Boggs’ Bat Sources

Wade Boggs Bat

We referred to a number of Wade Boggs’ Bat Sources to compile the above. As always, the pro bats section on the PSA site was very helpful. Vintagebats.com, which is a vintage site at this point, still has some great information available on Boggs’ gamers. Gold In Auctions page on a Wade Boggs auction is helpful too. Check the Paragon Auction site too.

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Joe DiMaggio’s Bat

Considered one of the greatest hitters to ever play the game, Joe DiMaggio is likely best remembered for two things: his participation in Murderer’s Row and the 56 game hit streak. As well as being a great all around player, DiMaggio’s hitting prowess is among the best the League has ever seen. We chronicle some of that information from a number of sources and focus on the model, type, sizes and use of Joe DiMaggio’s bat.

Louisiville Slugger D28L Ash
Louisiville Slugger D29, D29L Ash
Louisiville Slugger 36 35.6 Rudy York Ash 1941

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

What Size Bat Did Joe DiMaggio Use?

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

Joe DiMaggio’s bat sizes were no less than 35.5 inches and no greater than 36 inches. This is considered a very small spread for his era—especially considering the likes of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Weights were in the mid 35 ounce range with most around 35.5. Louisville Slugger’s ordering records show a 35.5 as his most common bat. You might find this somewhat similar to Bryce Harper and Mike Trout’s bat.

What Model Bat Did Joe DiMaggio Use?

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

DeMaggio used a Louisville Slugger bat for his entire career. Although the Rawlings Adirondack was also a popular bat at the time, we could find no evidence of a Joe DiMaggio game used Adirondack. Ordering records and a bat contract signed with Slugger in 1933 all point to his exclusive Slugger use.

His model numbers include: D28, D28L, D29 and D29L. We also found some record of a bat model referred to as Rudy York. All of these are Louisville Slugger made bats.

Joe DiMaggio’s Significant At Bat

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

July 17, 1941, Joe DiMaggio, with one out, stepped into the box in the bottom of the 8th inning. DiMaggio came to the plate with a 56 game hitting streak to his name, hoping to make it 57. His Yankees were up 4 to 1. Jim Bagley, a relief pitcher for the Indians, was on the mound. With a man on first and one out, DiMaggio hit a ball to the left of Indian short stop, Lou Boudreau. A bad hop forced an athletic play to put a glove on the ball, which incredibly, Boudreau managed. He spun and started the 6-4-3 double play. DiMaggio would end the night 0 for 3 with a walk.

That July 17th game marked the first time since May 15th that DiMaggio did not record a hit. It marked the end of a 56 game hitting streak by Joltin’ Joe that even today, many predict will never be broken.

On July 18th, the very next game, DiMaggio would start another hitting streak that would last 16 games. Had Boudreau not made the athletic play to glove DiMaggio’s hard ground ball in the gap, his streak would have reached 73 games. As such, that double play backhand by a mostly unknown short stop for the Indians stands as one of the most significant double plays in baseball history.

Joe DiMaggio’s Game Used Bat Information

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

Verified DiMaggio game used bats are very few and far between. From verified bats, expect the left barrel to contain ball marks as DiMaggio was a label up hitter. No particular handle enamoring is usually found, although one time in his career pine tar was commonplace. His gamers may also exhibit some sanding on the barrel.

Joe DiMaggio’s Bat Sources

Joe DiMaggio's Bat

PSA Bat Facts on Joe DiMaggio had a number of helpful images. Goldinauctions, as always, has a few good auctions of Joe DiMaggio’s bat. The details of the game on July 17, 1941 were reviewed on baseball reference.

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Mark McGwire’s Bat

After several hours of research and exchanging emails with collectors, the following highlights sources and information on Mark McGwire’s bat. We also discuss his best at bat, his bat’s size and how, had his body held up like other greats, he would have been in the 700 club.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Rawlings 34 – 34.5 32.6 – 35 Big Stick, 256B, MAC25 1986 – 2001
Louisville Slugger 34 33 S318, R161 1986 -1987

Mark McGwire's Bat

What Size Bat Did Mark McGwire Swing?

Mark McGwire's Bat

Throughout his career, Mark’s bat size didn’t change much. Despite the brand, you could expect a 34 or 34.5 inch length with a weight between 32.5 and 35 ounces. Compared to the other Major League players of his time, this is considered a large bat.  Barry Bonds, for example, never used longer than a 34 inch or a weight greater than 33 ounces.

What Model Bat Did Mark McGwire Swing?

Mark McGwire's Bat

Although he used Louisville Slugger’s S318 and R161 early in his career, he was a Rawlings Adirondack guy for the remaining 14 years. That Rawlings bat changed model numbers, but rarely model sizes. The ring on the bat changed from green to red when he was traded from the Athletics to the Cardinals. As he became more famous, Rawlings changed the 256B model number to MAC25 in honor of his success.

Like many great hitters, he found what was working and didn’t change.

Mark McGwire’s Best At Bat

Mark McGwire's Bat

Down by one in the bottom of the 11th, McGwire stepped into the box against Astros’ Billy Wagner on July 11, 1998. With one out and a runner on second, McGwire, batting in the 3 spot, went down 0-2 quickly on a called strike and a foul ball.

Wagner would leave the next pitch a tad too much over the plate, and McGwire drilled it to deep left center field. On the year, now just half over, this would count for McGwire’s 38th home run. He would go on to hit another 32 in the remaining months and end with an MLB record 70 home runs in a season, crushing Roger Maris’ 61 in ’61 by 9. Astonishingly, McGwire had only 153 base hits in 1998—70 of them home runs.

Three years later Barry Bonds would hit 73.

McGwire’s career, soon to be tainted with the steroid scandal, ended in injury in 2001 at a short 15 years. Had he played as long as Ruth (22 years), Bonds (22 Years) and Aaron (23 Years), the 700 club was a serious possibility. Indeed, 7 more years at an average of just 30 home runs would put him within reach of 800 bombs.

Mark McGwire’s Game Used Bats

Mark McGwire's Bat

Significant effort has been spent detailing Mark McGwire’s game used bats. Instead of recreating that data here, we will direct you to mcgwire.com’s write up for specifics. From a 30,000 foot view, McGwire’s bats are consistent enough throughout his playing time that identifying them is much simpler than some others. Pine tar is common. Autographs on the bats can also be found.

Mark McGwire’s Bat Sources

The McGwire.com site has an entire section about identifying his game used bats. That site is a ghost town, but its documentation of his game used bats is remarkable. Our go to PSA Bat facts didn’t disappoint. Huggins and Scott have good detail on a specific weight and length measurement.

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