Reggie Jackson’s Bat

The strikeout king, as he is affectionately called, hit 563 home runs in his storied career. He also won 5 World Series. In his 20 year career, he played for 5 teams and 14 All Star teams. He is, hands down, one of the greatest hitters in his generation and, in large measure, revolutionized the long ball. From auction house data and a few knowledgeable sources, we’ve gathered as much data as possible on Reggie Jackson’s Bat.

BRAND LENGTH WEIGHT TYPE MODEL NUMBER YEARS
Louisville Slugger 34.5 32.6 Maple MC44, J93 1967
Adirondack – Rawlings 34.5, 35 31.8, 32.1, 33.4, 33.7, 35.1, 37.1 Ash 288RJ, 170B, 281B 1971-1977, 1980, 1982, 1984

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Reggie Jackson Bat Sizes

Reggie Jackson's Bat

In the modern era, we’ve rarely seen bats that weigh over 34 ounces. Most are traditional drop 2’s or 3’s like you’ll find in Pete Rose’s and Derek Jeter’s Bat. Even Barry Bonds had a negative drop and rarely were his bats over 34 ounces. Reggie Jackson, on the other hand, often handled bats that were HEAVY. In fact, we found one auction where Reggie’s bat weighed an astonishing 37.1 ounces.

What Bat Did Reggie Jackson Swing?

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Reggie used the two major wood bat brands in his era: Louisville Slugger and Rawlings Adirondack. Well over the last two-thirds of his 20 year career, most video and auction evidence shows he preferred the Rawlings Adirondack. For most of those years, he preferred his signature series 288RJ. At other times, the MC44, J93 from Slugger as well as the 170B and 281B from Adirondack/Rawlings were his preference.

At 31, He’s Born Mr. October

Reggie Jackson's Bat

The 6th game of the 1977 World Series was played on October 11th. The Yankees were up 3 games to 2 on the Dodgers. In the bottom of the 2nd, Reggie Jackson would take 4 straight balls for a walk.

On his second at bat in the bottom of the 4th, Jackson would send Hooton packing. On his first pitch of the at bat Jackson would paste a line drive to right field for a two run. Hooton was replaced by the 27 year old Dominican Republic native Elias Sosa. But the native born Dominican pitcher wouldn’t fair any better. In the bottom of the 5th, for Jackson’s 3rd at bat, Reggie would also destroy the first pitch of the at bat some 400 feet over the right fielder for another two run shot. It marked the end of Sosa’s night, but not that of Jackson’s.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Reggie Jackson squared with Charlie Hough. It was his 4th at bat of the game. To this point in the game, Reggie had seen all of two hit-able pitches on the night, both of which he put in the cheap seats. With no one on, Hough took the sign of an outside knuckle ball for Jackson’s first pitch. His lanky wind up put a floater on the outside half. Jackson, with a calmness you’d expect from someone nicknamed Mr. October, loaded his monster Rawlings Adirondack and smeared that ball to high heaven. In a moment caught by a hundred cameras, Reggie, the catcher and umpire look heavenward as Jackson pauses at the plate to admire.

In the 6th game of the World Series in 1977, Reggie Jackson may have put on the most impressive hitting display in the history of the sport. 3 strikes, 3 bombs. At age 31 he was born Mr. October in 1977. And the Yankees were once again World Champions.

Reggie Jackson Game Used Bats

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, used the above bat while a member of the California Angels. With it he would hit career home run #547 and later gift the bat to a friend. This bat originally sold on eBay for roughly $5k and would later be re-sold by a bat dealer for three times that amount.

A close eye will notice the shaved handle on this bat. This is quintessential of Reggie Jackson gamers from later in his career. Additionally, Reggie typically wrote his uniform #44on the knob of his bats, but, like this example, it wasn’t entirely uncommon for his knobs to be blank.

 

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Jackie Robinson’s Bat

What more can be written about Jackie Robinson? Nothing. The answer is nothing. We won’t pretend to add something. Instead, we simply compile all the data we found on the bats Jackie Robinson used in his career. We gather this data mostly from auction houses and detailed write ups that tend to accompany his very famous and coveted bats. We have researched the game usage of several serious stars’ bats and could argue, when it comes to equipment, there is none more famous than Jackie Robinson’s bat.

BRAND LENGTH WEIGHT TYPE MODEL NUMBER YEARS
Louisville Slugger 34.5, 35 34 – 36 Ash S100, R115, C117L 1947 – 1956

Jackie Robinson's Bat

Jackie Robinson Bat Sizes: Weight and Length

Jackie Robinson's Bat

Jackie’s bats consistently weighed between 34 and 36 ounces with most in the 34 range. As one specific example, a 1955 bat given to Walter Blount weighed 34.1 ounces. (That bat, by the way, has an incredible story).

34.5 and 35 inches were Jackie’s preferred lengths—at least by the end of his career. Compared to the weight, this would give the bats between a -1 and 0 drop. The smaller knob and no cup on the end cap push the swing weight toward the end cap, too. On average, Jackie Robinson’s bat should be considered a heavy swinging drop 1 in a 35 inch bat from Slugger.

What Bat Did Jackie Robinson Use?

Jackie Robinson's Bat

From what the internet has gathered, Jackie Robinson used one brand of bat his entire career: Louisville Slugger. During this era, we admit, there weren’t many options. The Rawlings Adirondack would have been Jackie’s only other real option and we couldn’t find a single instance where a Robinson game used bat was such. Our research indicates Jackie Robinson’s Bat should be considered an ash S100, R115 or C117L from Louisville Slugger.

Jackie Robinson’s First Base Hit

Jackie Robinson's Bat

The first hit of Jackie Robinson’s career is the stuff movies are made of. Literally. During his second game in Major League Baseball on April 17th 1947, Jackie would get his first hit. In the 1st he flew out to center, the 2nd he walked and then, in the third, he hit a double play. In the bottom of the 5th, possibly frustrated he had yet to record a hit, Robinson would get the first hit of his MLB career by laying down a bunt to the third baseman and beating the throw.

Jackie would go on to win Rookie of the Year with a near .300 batting average and change the game as we know it. His steals home would become the stuff of legends. But that innocuous bunt in the bottom of the 5th against the Braves on April 17th, was the first time a black man was credited with a hit in Major League Baseball.

Of note, the second hit of his career? A home run in the bottom of the 5th during his 3rd MLB game.

Jackie Robinson Game Used Bats

Jackie Robinson's Bat

The above Jackie Robinson game used bat is from his historic rookie season of 1947. What is often lost in the appropriate fan fare of his color barrier breaking is that he also won Rookie of the Year in 1947. His inaugural season also landed him 5th in the MVP voting. With this Louisville Slugger bat, he hit for a .297 average and a .810 OPS. He hit 12 home runs, logged 48 RBIs and finished with 29 Stolen Bases.

That year he would also lead the league in sac bunts and flies by logging 28. In the modern era, only a couple, including Ozzie Smith, would approach those types of sacrifice numbers. Even Jackie would only post more than 20 one other time in his career. After coach confirmed he could hit the idea of bunting to move runners around by bunting from the 2 spot was no longer tolerable.

The heritage auction house sold this bat for $478,000. It is, to date, the only existing bat attributed to Jackie Robinson’s rookie season, and may be the most valuable piece of modern day game used equipment in any sport.

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Dave Winfield’s Bat

At 6 foot 6, the remarkably athletic, Dave Winfield, twelve time All Star, was as imposing a hitter as the League has ever seen.  He could hit for power and run for triples. In the last 40 years, we found only two individuals who hit more than 400 home runs and over 80 triples. Those two: Ernie Banks and Dave Winfield. Unlike Ernie, who played for only the Cubs during his career, Dave played for six different teams, using a number of different bats. Below we document the information on Dave Winfield’s Bat.

BRAND LENGTH WEIGHT TYPE MODEL NUMBER YEARS
Louisville Slugger 35.5 32.9, 33.3 Ash W285, W273, K55  75, 83, 86, 90, 91
Rawlings Adirondack 35.5 34.4 Ash DW20, 91, 92
Cooper  35.5 – 35.75 33 – 34.1 Ash CDW20 92 – 95

What Bat Did Dave Winfield Use?

Dave Winfield's Bat

The evidence supports Winfield using three different brands during his career. Within those brands, it appears he only tried different models with Louisville Slugger. Like Ozzie Smith and Mickey Mantle, he would swing the famed K55. Additionally, the W285 and W273 were signature series bats made for Winfield by Slugger.

Dave Winfield also swung a signature series custom bat from Rawlings with the Adirondack label DW20. Cooper Bats, popular with folks like Bo Jackson, also convinced Winfield to swing a custom series.

Dave Winfield’s Bat Size

Dave Winfield's Bat

Based on his stature, it’s no surprise Winfield used a relatively heavy bat when compared to his peers. Reggie Jackson would swing a 34+ occasionally, and Cal Ripken was often found with a 34 ounce bat, but Winfield lived there. Others used much lighter.

At 35.5 and 35.75 inch bats, Winfield’s are the largest we’ve captured in the modern era. Without surprise, as the only player ever drafted into four professional sports (NBA, NFL, ABA, MLB) Winfield happened to be remarkably strong. His 35+ inch bat with a 34+ ounce weight was heavy proof.

Game Used Dave Winfield Bats

Dave Winfield's Bat

Above is a collection of Winfield game used bats (also known as “gamers”) from 1993. Dave tinkered with different grips throughout his career. He either taped, shaved handle or Mota-Sticked the handle. During the 80’s, a long spiral pattern tape job was found on most his bats. Rarely would his uniform number be found on the knob. E-Bay often turns up Dave Winfield bats with a search like this.

Dave Winfield’s Historic At Bat

Dave Winfield's Bat

0 for 4 going into the 11th inning of the 6th game in the 1992 World Series, Dave Winfield would face Charlie Leibrandt. Runners on first and second with one out, Leibrandt, a 6 foot 3 lefty with 12 years under his belt, would work Dave Winfield to a full count.

To this point, Winfield’s series at the plate had been ho hum at best. 22 plate appearances yielded only 4 hits—none of them extra bases and none of them resulted in runs scored. He had walked twice and struck out three times, leaving his series batting stats well under his season averages. Leibrandt’s full count change up nearly fooled Winfield who would extend his 35 inch cooper bat as far as his 6 foot 6 inch frame could reach through the zone. At the end of his reach, he’d pull a heater down the third base line and into the corner. A stand up double with two RBI’s in the top of the 11th would be enough to give the Blue Jays their first World Series Championship.

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Willie Mays’ Bat

Willie Mays’ bat is as iconic a piece of sports memorabilia as we can imagine. Mays, known as “The Say Hey Kid”, was a 24 time All-Star and produced a home record few thought would ever be broken. He won Rookie of the Year, 12 Gold Gloves and was the league MVP twice. With such abundant, well documented success, it is impossible to add to his story here. But, we will add some insight on his bat. For what it is worth, below is the compilation of data we found on Willie Mays’ Bat.

Louisville Slugger 35  33.1, 33.2, 34 Ash S2  1955. 1960 – 1968
Rawlings Adirondack  35 31.2 , 35.5 Ash M63  1961

Willy May's Bat

Willie Mays’ Historic At Bat

Willy May's Bat

The most written about at bat by Willie Mays was on September 22, 1969. On that day, he joined Babe Ruth in the 600 Club on a deep left field shot in San Diego. He only hit 13 home runs that year and that was his last. There isn’t a baseball source on the planet that hasn’t written about that moment.

But, what many don’t remember is that Mays would have and should have reached the 600 mile stone a few years earlier. Enter the Korean War. With the war, his 1952 season was cut short, and his 1953 season was nonexistent. Had his 1952 through 1954 HR totals—which looked like this: 20, 4, 0, 41—-looked like an entirely reasonable progression like this: 20, 24, 30, 41, then the story of Willie May’s 600 home run would sound like this:

On June 13th, 1967 the Giants faced the Astros in an extra inning game. Willie Mays would DH for Bob Schroder in the 6th and play the rest of the game. At 599 home runs, Willie hit into a double play to end the 6th. In the 8th, with another chance to be the 2nd in the 600 club, Willie flew out to right field.

Now in extra innings, Mays would approach the right side of the plate in the top of the 10th with bases loaded. Barry Latman, the 10 year journeyman and 2 time All Star, would pitch from the stretch. At 6 foot 3 inches, he’d tower over the 5 foot 10 Willie Mays. On a 2-2 fastball, Mays would drive the ball into deep left field for number 600. (In reality, that was the story of Mays’ 550th home run).

Willie Mays’ Bat Model

Willy May's Bat

Like many players of his era, including Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays rotated between his Louisville Slugger and Adirondack. Although we assume he used more than just two models total, we could only find evidence of the famed S2 from Louisville and the M63 from the Adirondack Rawlings line.

Willie Mays’ Bat Size

Willy May's Bat

Both bats were a consistent 35 inches in all the auctions we could find. The weights varied a bit. The lightest

Game Used Willie Mays Bats

Willy May's Bat

It is almost impossible to find Willie Mays’ home run bats. The one pictured above came on his 38th home run of the 1965 season. 1965 he also hit his 500th home run. Bats like this range in the $50,000 to $125,000 marks.

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Alex Rodriguez’s Bat

After extensive internet research, and a number of conversations with collectors, the following compiles all of Alex Rodriguez’s bat information. We looked for different sizes, models, types and brands as well as some unique history and identifying features. As well, we have linked the sources we relied upon to get the best information. Our hope is it creates the most comprehensive information on Alex Rodriguez’s bat.

Alex Rodriguez's Bat

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger 34, 33.75 30.7, 31, 31.2, 31.3 Ash C271, C271L, I13 1994 – 2011
Louisville Slugger  Ash T141 1994 – 1995
Sam Bat 34 30.4 Maple AR13NY 2005
Louisville Slugger 34, 33.75 30.1, 30.2, 32.1, 32.5 G174 2003 – 2004
Louisville Slugger 33.75 30.6 C271 Ken Griffey 1996
Louisville Slugger Ash P72 2005
Cooper 34 31 Ash T141 1996

What Size is Alex Rodriguez’s Bat?

Alex Rodriguez's Bat

From his start date in 1994 to his last at bat in 2016, Alex’s bat sizes are remarkably similar. More so than nearly any other player we’ve studied. Few bats were different from his 34 inch, roughly 31 ounce, bat. 32.5 ounces is the heaviest bat we could locate and 30.1 was the lightest. Most sat in the 31 or 32 ounce range even across different brands.

What Bat Model did Alex Rodriguez Use?

Alex Rodriguez's Bat

Alex was mostly loyal to Louisville Slugger bats during his 22 year career. Within that brand he used a number of different models, although his favorites appeared to be the C271L and C271. He also used the P72 (Derek Jeter’s bat model), as well as Ken Griffey’s C271 when he was with the Mariners. We confirmed that for at least 2003 and 2004, he used a G174 model from Slugger, as well, a T141 and I13 sporadically .

We also know he used at least two other brands: A Cooper T141 in the mid-90’s (reminiscent of Bo Jackson’s bat) and a Maple Sam Bat AR13NY during the mid 2000’s (reminiscent of Barry Bonds’ bat).

Alex also signed a number of other model bats. A few Rawlings Big Sticks and an Old Hickory model both had his signature and were pro model bats, but the bats were not claimed to be game used.

What was Alex Rodriguez’s Best At Bat?

Alex Rodriguez's Bat

There is a serious case to make for a number of Rodriguez at-bats that could be his ‘best’, but the first month of A-Rod’s 2007 season was an absolute burner.  He hit 14 home runs that April, 6 of which came in multi home run games. No other was more significant in terms of changing the tide of a game than the season series opener against the Orioles.

Down 6 to 7, Alex stepped into the box with the count every kid preps for. It was the bottom of the 9th, there were two outs and, of course, the bases were loaded. Chris Ray, the Orioles’ closer worked two strikes on Rodriguez. The next pitch called for an outside fastball hoping to nick the black and send the Yanks packing. But the 95 mph fastball got away from Ray and shot to the top of Alex’s strike zone. Right. Down. The. Middle. With no hesitation, Rodriguez pulled the trigger and sent the ball deep and high. Ray would point upwards hoping to direct the center fielder in the mid-day sun. Alex knew it was gone. Some 420 feet later, just right of dead center, fell Alex’s first, and ever, Grand Slam walk off. Yankees win, 10-7.

Chris Ray would undergo Tommy John’s later that year and spend another 4 or 5 years as a journey man relief guy. Alex would go on to hit a total of 156 RBI’s that season—his personal best for one season in his career. No one has hit more RBI’s than A-Rod in a single season since.

Game Used Signs of Alex Rodriguez’s Bat

Alex Rodriguez's Bat

Alex Rodriguez’s bat’s are identified by large amounts of pine tar or Mota Stick on the handle. It is also common to find cleat marks along the barrel as well, as he would hit them against his cleats between pitches. While he didn’t write his number on most of his bats, he did work with a number of auction houses around his team’s local area to verify his bats and put them in the collector’s market. eBay searches like this can usually find a couple certified examples.

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Chipper Jones’ Bat

After conferring with several sources, and examining a slew of game time pictures, we have compiled information on Chipper Jones’s Bat. Those details, along with his best at bat and details on his game used bat characteristics, are found below.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Mizuno
Glomar
Rawlings Adirondack 35 32.5 794A, MS20 Ash 2009
Louisville Slugger

Chipper Jones Bat

What Size Bat Did Chipper Jones Swing?

Chipper Jones Bat

From auction data, Chipper Jones’ bat is 35 inches and 32.5 ounces. There was not enough auction data to get a real feel for every bat he swung, but 35 inches and 32.5 ounces is a good start.

What Bat Model did Chipper Jones Use?

Chipper Jones Bat

We could not find a single image of Chipper Jones using anything but the Rawlings Adirondack. As a Mizuno swag guy, this was rather surprising. There are some claims he used Mizuno, Glomar, and Louisville Slugger occasionally. But, they were so occasional as to not appear in a single auction, or image of Jones at bat in a game.

Far and away, Chipper Jones’ preferred game model is the Rawlings Adirondack. The best we can tell is he preferred the MS20 from the left side of the plate and the 794A from the right.

Chipper Jones’ Game Used Bat Characteristics

Chipper Jones Bat

On most Chipper Jones’ Gamers, expect pine tar on the upper handle and his number (#10) written on the knob or end cup. Finding a Glamor, Slugger or Mizuno game used Jones bat would be very rare and we would be skeptical. As a switch hitter, expect ball marks on both sides of the barrel, although he often preferred one model over another for use on different sides of the plate.

Chipper Jones’ Best At Bat

Chipper Jones Bat

Chipper Jones’ most significant at-bat came on September 2, 2012. Playing the Phillies, Chipper faced Jonathan Papelbon down 5 to 7 at home in Atlanta. With a runner on 2nd and 3rd, Chipper and Papelbon would dance the count to 1 ball and 1 strike.

This would be Chipper’s third time facing Papelbon. The previous two at-bats didn’t end well for Jones—one strike-out and one ground out. With the Braves at two outs and a 99% Phillies win probability forecasted by baseball reference, things didn’t look good for Atlanta. Yet this time, on a 95 mile an hour fastball down the middle third of the plate, Chipper unleashed his 35 inch Rawlings Adirondack for a no-doubter over the right centerfield wall. A three-run shot to win the game 8-7 and send Papelbon walking off.

Chipper Jones’s Bat Sources

We checked Gold In Auctions for information on Chipper’s bat. As always, PSA bat facts was also wildly helpful in terms of images and insight. What Pros Wear had some useful information on Chipper Jones’ bat as well.

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Ichiro Suzuki’s Bat

In terms of size, type, model and brand, Ichiro Suzuki’s bat stands alone. His approach to hitting, and taking care of his hitting instrument, are unique to the cause. They should give pause to every player in the game who thinks too little about their equipment. The following summarizes a few hours of research on Ichiro Suzuki’s bat.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Mizuno 33.46  33.46 31  31.75 Mizuno Pro Tamo Wood / Ash

Ichiro Suzuki's Bat

What Size Bat Does Ichiro Suzuki Use?

Ichiro Suzuki’s bat size is remarkably consistent. In fact, of all the Major League bats we have studied, none have been more exact than Ichiro’s. The length of each bat is 34.46 inches. The weight no lighter than 31 ounces, yet not greater than 31.74 ounces.

What Bat Bat Brand Does Ichiro Suzuki Swing?

His entire career, Ichiro Suzuki swung a custom Mizuno bat. Mizuno, based in Japan, makes bats of Tamo Wood, sometimes known as Japanese Ash. Much like Derek Jeter never swung anything but the American favorite, Louisville Slugger, Ichiro is loyal to the Japanese Mizuno.

Ichiro Suzuki’s Game Used Bat Characteristics

Ichiro Suzuki's Bat

Difficult to find on the market, Ichiro’s bats are identified by their exact length of 34.46 inches and weight between 31 and 31.75 ounces. Ichiro kept remarkable care of his bats and used them only slightly. As such, pine tar and ball marks are rare. However, his respect for the bats leave very few on the open market. Throw in demand for his bats from both the US and Japan, and it is obvious why his confirmed game used bats draw a significant premium.

Ichiro Suzuki’s Best At Bat

Ichiro Suzuki's Bat

In the Majors, Ichiro only hit two walk off bombs during his entire career. Both with two outs. In June of 2013, Ichiro, then playing for the Yankees, hit a single run shot on Tanner Scheppers in the bottom of the 9th.

To win a September game in 2009, Ichiro blasted a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th that sailed into the right field bleachers. That year he played for the Mariners in Seattle, where the game was held. Baseball references claimed it the most significant, game-changing, hit of Ichiro’s entire career. The opponent? The Yankees. The pitcher? None other than the best closer in the history of the game, Mariano Rivera.

Ichiro Suzuki’s Bat Sources

PSA bat facts, as always, is helpful in terms of bat data on major players. The Game Used Universe Forum has some interesting threads on Ichiro’s Bat. Gold In Actions is also helpful. This New York Time’s piece on Ichiro’s bat is worth a read, too. You should also like Bryce Harper’s bat.

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George Brett’s Bat

George Brett’s bat usually has consistent characteristics in terms of design, model, weight, length and game used marks. After considerable research, we take a closer look at George Brett’s bat.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 34 34.5 30.7  32.3 B351, C271, T85 Ash/White Ash 1973 -1993
Rawlings Adirondack 194VP, 387B Ash 1973 -1993

George Brett's Bat

What size bat did George Brett Use?

George Brett's Bat

The most common bat size we documented from auction houses was a 34 to 34.5-inch bat with a weight between 30.7 and 32.3 ounces. Like most players, Brett’s use of bat’s outside of those ranges should be expected.

What bat model did George Brett Use?

George Brett's Bat

George Brett preferred Louisville Slugger for his entire 21-year career. He was known to swing Rawling Adirondack occasionally but, Slugger was clearly the favorite. The most common models we identified are the C271, B351 and T85.

Slugger’s C271, his most preferred bat, was common of his era swung by the likes of Bo Jackson, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ozzie Smith. Brett is the only player we have yet documented to swing the B341 and T85.

George Brett’s Game Used Bat’s Characteristics

Pine tar, pine tar, and more pine tar. Brett, famous most of all for the pine tar incident in 1983, put pine tar well up his bat’s handle. Despite the 18-inch rule for pine tar, Brett’s bat’s exhibit pine tar upwards of 20 inches from the knob and sometimes more.

His game used bats tend to have more markings on the right side of the barrel as he was a label-up left-handed hitter. Usually expect, as well, Slugger bats in the weight and length ranges specified above.

George Brett’s Best At Bat

George Brett's Bat

In July of 1983, the Royals played the Yankees in a mid-day baseball game. In the top of the 9th, Rich Gossage (“The Goose”) took the mound against George Brett. The score 3 to 4 in favor of the Yankees and the Goose set his marks on the mound with 4 warm up pitches. On the day, Brett was two hits for four at-bats, both singles.

Brett stepped in the left-hand batter’s box with a runner on first.  Gossage’s first pitch was an outside fastball that Brett took deep, but foul, into the left field bleachers. The next pitch, a high fastball down the middle, was put it into the right-center field bleachers. It was Brett’s 145th career home run.

As Brett rounded the bases, Yankees manager Billy Martin raced to home plate to examine the amount of pine tar on Brett’s bat. Pine tar, allowed 18 inches up the bat, appeared well beyond that mark and Martin kept in the ear of the umpires as they discussed. They would lay the bat in front of home plate to measure as home plate’s width is 18 inches. While the umpires deliberated, Brett said, “if they call me out, you’re going to see four dead umpires.” After confirming pine tar exceeded the length of the plate, the umpire pointed at Brett with the knob of his bat and called him out.

Then All Hell Broke Loose

Brett ran out the dugout like a loose cannon. And he was. A Royals player ripped the bat from one of the umpires and ran it into the clubhouse. An umpire followed. Brett yelled spittle into a number of umpires faces as the Yankees came off the field, ruled the winners. Brett was physically restrained for minutes by at least two Royals players in one of the most impressive post game antics ever.

This famous pine tar incident was later reversed by the league. The remaining 1 1/3 inning were played without a single hit, two fly balls, a strike-out, and a gound out. The Royals ultimately won the game 5 to 4. Brett’s hit is recorded today in the box score as a ho-hum two-run blast in the bottom of the 9th. It was anything but ho-hum.

Brett had well over 3,000 hits in his career, 317 of those were home runs. Some Yankees fans would argue he had 316.

George Brett Bat Sources

PSA Bat Facts is always helpful and should be a go-to source for bat research. Vintage bats also has a very helpful write up on George Brett’s Bat, showing the Louisville Slugger ordering records. It documents many more bats than we could find at auction. The Pine Tar Incidence is well documented. That one sports show has a great write up.  His bat’s weight information is found at Gold In Auctions. Additional reading on the pine tar game, on this WSJ article, is worth your time.

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Honus Wagner’s Bat

Honus Wager, of baseball card fame, was also the first player to be endorsed by a bat company. Some argue he was the very first professional athlete to have any type of endorsement contract. His bat may be the most sought after piece of baseball memorabilia in existence, save possibly his baseball card. We scoured the internet and collector sites to put together this landing page for research on Honus Wagner’s Bat.

Brand Length Min Length Max Weight Min Weight Max Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 33 3/4 36 35 43 W107, Kork Grip 1905 – 1916

Honus Wagner's Bat

What Size Bat Did Honus Wagner Use?

Honus Wagner's Bat

Although few examples exist, the ones that do, weigh no less than 35 ounces. Many Wagner bats weigh as much as 43 ounces. Length is 36 inches—very customary for the time. See, for example, Ty Cobb’s bat.

What Bat Model Did Honus Wagner Use?

Honus Wagner's Bat

Honus Wagner is largely credited as the first player to sign an endorsement deal for a signature bat. In fact, the term “signature bat” originates from the agreement Honus made with JF Hillerich and Son. (That company was soon to be known as Louisville Slugger). The agreement allowed Slugger to stamp his signature on bats.

The only record we found was of Honus Wagner using Slugger bats. These model numbers ranged over the years, but the W107 with a Kork Grip was likely his most common.

Honus Wagner’s Game Used Bat Characteristics

With only six in known existence, Honus Wagner’s bats do carry some common characteristics. As a hitter who spaced his hands apart on the handle, the grip of Wagner bats is well up the bat. That grip consisted of either a type of tape job or factory applied cork (kork).

Sizing matters too, as Hillerich & Sons produced Wagner bats for the public. But, bats for the public were shorter, in the 33-inch range, while Wagner’s game used bats were almost always 36 inches long.

Any game used Honus Wagner bat has been thoroughly vetted by the industry at large. It would be a miracle to find one that has yet to be recorded.

Honus Wagner’s Best At Bat

Honus Wagner's Bat

Honus Wagner may have recorded the first walk-off home run in history. After much research, we have to find one that predates his April 25, 1899 at bat against Jesse Tannehill. Tannehill, a 3-year starter for the Pirates, would pitch to his future teammate from the Louisville Colonels, Honus Wagner. Wagner, batting in the cleanup spot, hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 9th to break the 1 to 1 tie. The term walk-off wouldn’t be coined for another 100 years but, sure enough, Wagner was dropping walk-off bombs in the 1800’s.

The following year, Wagner was acquired by the Pirates. The rest, as they say, is history.

Honus Wagner Bat Sources

Wikipedia’s write-up on Honus Wagner’s career, and his relationship with Ty Cobb, is noteworthy. PSA Bat Facts Wagner section is valuable. We also checked in the National Pastime Museum. Mears online auction house has an interesting write up on a bat not confirmed to be Wagners. Gold In Auctions has the best write up on a game used Wagner bat.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Bat

Adding any real information to the research of Shoeless Joe Jackson’s bat would be like adding a drop to the ocean. Literally, scores of internet articles and a few books have been written on both the man and his bat. As such, we don’t intend to add anything but, instead, to compile some insights to get the researcher on his way. The following comprises the information, with sources, we documented for Shoeless Joe Jackson’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Hillerich and Bradsby 36 48 J13, Black Betsy Hickory 1903
Spalding 150

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Game Used Bats

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

Joe Jackson’s bats are identifiable for two reasons. The first is the characteristics of the bat. These characteristics include, rather broadly, a very thick handle, a taper that lasts nearly the length of the bat, and a very dark color, at least on the barrel. The second reason his bats are identifiable is simply because there are so few of them in existence. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s verified game-used bats number less than 5. And, if you ask some, even less than that.

What Size Bat Did Shoeless Joe Jackson Use?

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

Like most in his era, Jackson’s bats were flat out heavy. At least 40 ounces in most instances and upwards of 48. His bat’s length was no smaller than 36 inches. Jackson’s sizing was typical for the dead ball era of baseball where bat speed was undervalued.

What Model Bat did Shoeless Joe Jackson Swing?

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

There is some evidence he swung a Spalding bat occasionally. But, mostly, he is known for swinging a Hillerich and Bradsby stick. One bat, in particular, was nicknamed the “Black Beauty”, and as the story goes, was made from the East side of a Hickory tree. That bat, made in 1903, broke in 1911 and Jackson sent it into H&B (aka Louisville Slugger) to be repaired.

After his banishment from baseball, a bat named ‘Black Beauty’ would be produced and sold to the public. Today, many of those are worth their weight in gold.

Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Best At Bats

Shoeless Joe Jackson's Bat

Shoeless Joe Jackson’s dismissal from baseball is one of the great tragedies of the sport. Although acquitted of any wrongdoing by a Jury, Jackson’s assumed knowledge of his teammates’ throwing of the 1919 Series, and a confession, later recanted, of receiving payment, allowed the commissioner to ban him for life.

Shoeless was illiterate.

It has been argued before, and we will do it again here, if Shoeless Joe Jackson was a party to the throwing of the 1919 World Series by the Blacksox, then he did a terrible job at it. In fact, he played better than he had all year in his MVP (if there was such a thing that year) career. Indeed, in the 1919 Series, he hit for a .394 average, a .563 slugging percentage and a .956 OPS. His 1919 season, which was one of his best, averaged just a .351, .422 and .506 respectively.

Further, Jackson recorded 12 total hits on 32 at-bats in the Series—a record that stood for 40 years. Of his 12 hits, 3 were doubles and 1 was a home run. That home run and one of the doubles came in the elimination game. He also led the team with 5 runs and 6 RBIs. Despite several chances, Shoeless Joe would not record a single error through 8 full games.

Jackson may have known about the scandal to throw the game by his teammates. Some of the evidence suggests he at least knew or should have. And, he may have been paid for it by Lefty Williams, possibly unbeknownst to him. But, what we know for sure is this, the illiterate Shoeless Joe Jackson played to win the 1919 World Series. No doubt about it. His recanted testimony and acquittal at trial correlate to his efforts on the field. And after nearly 100 years of banishment for a lifetime sentence—which ended with his death in 1951—its time to let this man in the Hall.

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Shoeless Joe Jackson’s Bat Sources

Wikipedia has a helpful article up on Black Betsy. ESPN’s write up of his bat was interesting too. Also, the bat facts section on the PSA site is invaluable. Haul’s of Shame has a write-up that will make you question everything in the memorabilia collection space. Baseball reference is, as always, invaluable.

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