Ted Williams’ Bat

Ted Williams’ bat provenances are well chronicled. As the arguable best hitter the game has ever seen, this is no surprise. Some consider the bats another Shakespeare’s pen or Van Gough’s paint brush. Here we compile much of the information we researched, as well as their sources on Ted Williams’ bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Louisiville Slugger 35 32.3 W153 Ash 1948
Louisiville Slugger 35 33.4 W156
Louisiville Slugger W155
Louisiville Slugger 32 – 33 W166 1951 – 1955

Ted Williams Bat

What Size Bat Did Ted Williams Use?

Ted Williams Bat

With a real concern for the art and strategy of hitting, Ted Williams was the first major ball player to emphasize bat speed over bat weight. As such, his bats were considerably lighter than the players in the generation before him and many of his contemporaries. (see Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb) The bat we found at auction weighed no more than 33.4 and as little as 32.3 ounces.

His bat weight did not fluctuate much throughout his career.

What Brand of Bat Did Ted Williams Use?

Ted Williams Bat

Williams claims to have never used any bat but a Louisville Slugger. There are some Rawlings Adirondack bats with his name on them that date to the period, but they’ve yet to confirm they were game used.

Although Ted Williams’ used Slugger exclusively, his bat model changed often. We confirmed no less than 5 models: W153, W155, W156 and W166.

Ted Williams’ Best At Bat

Ted Williams Bat

At 521 home runs in 19 seasons and the best batting average (.344) of any player born after 1915, Williams’ best at bat could come from a number of scenarios. Yet even with so many options, one has been written about more than any other.

On September 28, 1960, Ted Williams would play his final game. In the bottom of the 8th with the Red Sox down 2 to 4 against the Orioles, Williams took to the plate with no one on and one out. The first pitch a ball, on the second, Williams swung and missed. The third pitch came as a fastball by pitcher Jack Fisher and Williams drilled the ball on a rope to the bullpen. On the final at bat of his storied career, Ted Williams would go yard.

Of note, his 1960 season began with a home run as well.

Ted Williams Game Used Bats

Ted Williams Bat

Williams, ever concerned about his bat’s weight, would clean his bats with alcohol to remove excess pine tar that affected the balance point. His gamers, later in his career, often carried his jersey number (#9) on the knob. Instead of pine tar, he would sometimes use olive oil and resin to get a firm grip.

Ted Williams’ bat authentication processes are well documented. You can read more here.

Ted Williams’ Bat Sources

Goldinauctions, as always, is replete with great information on very famous baseball players of the past. PSA bat’s section on Ted Williams is also reference-able. Williams’ last at bat is well chronicled, ESPN’s write up is here. Baseball References guide to William’s last game is also helpful.

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Ty Cobb’s Bat

If you want to find a well documented and well researched bat, look no further than Ty Cobb. Considered by many the greatest hitter in the game, Cobb’s bats are highly coveted, and as such, lots of effort has gone into confirming their validity. This makes our job easier as we compile resources to put together information on Ty Cobb’s bat.

Hillerich & Bradsby  (Slugger) 34.5, 35 35.75, 36 – 42 250 Ash 1922 – 1925
Hillerich & Bradsby  (Slugger) 34.5, 35 35.75, 36 – 42 125 dash-dot-dash Ash 1917 – 1922
Hillerich & Bradsby  (Slugger) 34.5, 35 35.75, 36 – 42 His Model Ash
Hillerich & Bradsby  (Slugger) 34.5, 35 35.75, 36 – 42 His Original Model Ash
Spalding 34.25 41.8 Ash 1908

Ty Cobbs Bat

What Bat Model Did Ty Cob Use?

Ty Cobbs Bat

There is at least one instance where Ty Cobb used a Spalding bat. We know this from an auction where the bat has been verified as his. Otherwise, for the vast majority of his 24 year career, Cobb used Louisville Slugger. Like most players in his era, Cobb used the same model, and when it changed, the new version was often referred to as “His Model” or “His Original Model” (see Babe Ruth’s Bat). Cobb’s bat model is attributed the number 250 or a 125 followed by a dash, dot, dash on the Slugger bat (referred to as the 125 dash-dot-dash).

What Size Bat Did Ty Cobb Swing?

Ty Cobbs Bat

Slugger records claim his bat weight sat between 36 and 42 ounces, and in length, 34.5 inches. Game used models for auction come in near enough to these. Some weigh as light as 35.75 (possibly losing some weight due to their near 100 years of degradation), while others have reached 40 ounces. The length on confirmed models is very consistent at 34.5 to 35 inches.

Ty Cobb Game Used Bat Identification

Ty Cobbs Bat

Thousands of man hours by folks more skilled than ourselves, have detailed the markings of legit Ty Cobb game used bats. Instead of recreating that information here, it makes more sense to help you find your way. We found the most informative to be MileHighCard company’s write up on Ty Cobb’s bat.

Ty Cobb’s Best at Bat

Ty Cobbs Bat

On the 18th of July in 1927, Ty Cobb, now in the last two seasons of his career, played for the Athletics. The Detroit Tigers, his team of 22 years, sat in the opposing dugout. He would enter the batter’s box in the bottom of the first with 3,999 hits. Cobb would drill a line drive to right field that would bounce in and out of the right fielder’s glove. Apparently only an error by today’s standards, Cobb would officially record his 4000th hit on a stand up double.

Today, when major milestones come in baseball, the game stops for announcers, players and the world to take notice. Jeter’s 3,000th hit, which came on a home run, nearly stopped air traffic control. There is something admirable about how baseball takes time to acknowledge these things.

But, on July 18, 1927, When Ty Cobb recorded his 4,000th career hit, few even batted an eye. Cobb didn’t even try to keep the baseball. The next day’s paper read, “Bengals In Third Place; Ty Cobb Gets 4,000th Hit.”  The article spends all of 33 words describing the event. It reads, “When Cobb made his fluke double in the first inning, it was his 4,000th major league safety. He’s so far ahead of all records of other batsmen that he will never be beaten or tied”. They clearly got some things wrong, but in pausing to tip their hat to a milestone more significant than the 700 club for home runs, they got it right.

Ty Cobb’s Bat Sources

Goldinauctions is always a wealth of knowledge when they have auctioned a particular bat, as they have in the case of Ty Cobb. The Nationalpastime has some helpful write ups on his bat. Pro Bat Facts from the PSA site is as good of information as you can find on Ty Cobb’s Bat. The MileHigh Card Company’s write up here might be the best we’ve found on any bat we’ve researched if it weren’t for the wall of text. If you can get through it, you’ll find some good stuff. Bidami was helpful identifying some of the earlier use Spalding models. A longer read on Ty Cobb’s 4000th hit is here.

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Ken Griffey Jr’s Bat

At 630 home runs over 22 years, Ken Griffey Jr. stands as one of the greatest hitters the game has ever seen. As the first pick of the 1987 draft, he also serves as an example of a player who lived up to his hype. We have searched far and wide in auction houses, databases and every image we could click through, to identify Ken Griffey Jr.’s bat details. We present much of our finding below, as well as our sources.

Louisville Slugger 33 7/8, 34 33, 32, 31.3, 30.4, 30.2 C271, C271C, G157, G176 Ash 1989 – 2010
Cooper
Rawlings Adirondack
Nike 34 31 C271 1996, 2000

Ken Griffey Jr Bat

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Ken Griffey Jr Bat

We found pictures of Griffey using three different brands: Slugger, Cooper and Nike. We read one report claiming he used Rawlings Adirondack, but no pictures to verify. (In the picture above, he is using a Cooper bat).

That said, it would be unfair to Louisville Slugger to claim Griffey really used other bats as his use of their C271 is overwhelming. Some game used versions of his Nike bats—a rare find in the late 90’s and early 2000’s—can be found at auction occasionally, but the C271 or C271C from Slugger is far and away the bat Griffey used.

What Size Bat Did Ken Griffey Jr. Use?

Ken Griffey Jr Bat

Over his 22 years, Griffey Jr. was consistent in his bat sizing. All bats located were between 33 7/8 and 34 inches. The weights ranged, as wood bats often do, between 30.2 and 33, the average falling around 32 ounces. Griffey’s bat is considered a 34 inch drop 2.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Best At Bat

Ken Griffey Jr Bat

On September 14, 1990, in an evening game against the Angels, Ken Griffey Sr., stepped into the left side batter’s box. Recently traded to the Mariners from the Cincinnati Reds, Griffey Sr. was hitting in the 2nd spot of the lineup. Kirk McCaskill, the Angels pitcher who walked the lead off batter on 5 pitches, worked Griffey Sr. to a 0-2 count. Then Griffey Sr. fouled one. On the 4th pitch of the at bat, Griffey Sr. drilled McCaskill’s fastball to nearly dead center for a two run home run.

The next batter, Ken Griffey Sr.’s son, Ken Griffey Jr., also stepped into the left side of the box. McCaskill, possibly reeling from the homer Dad just jacked, threw the son 3 straight balls. On the 4th pitch of the at bat he threw a fastball. Then, for the second time in the first 13 pitches of the game, a person with the name Ken Griffey hit a home run on a fastball on the 4th pitch of an at bat. For Jr., it would be the 36th of his career. He would hit another 594 over the remaining 19 years of his illustrious career. It was Dad’s 150th home run. He would retire the following season.

The Mariners would lose the game on a pair of Dave Winfield home runs, but the 14th of September 1990 would stand as the only time a father and son hit back to back bombs.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Game Used Bat

Ken Griffey Jr Bat

Despite the brand, Griffey’s bats are most often recognized by the zig-zag tape pattern he used for his entire career. Even across teams—from the Mariners to the Reds and back again—you’ll find similar patterns on his bats. Many of his bats also had unique phrasing on the barrel branding area. They included C.M.B. (for Cash Money Brothers), “The Kid” and “Swingman”.

Ken Griffey Jr.’s Bat Sources

Huggins and Scott auction house has a nice write up on Griffey’s use of the Slugger C271. PSA Pro Bat Facts is replete with great insights on Griffey’s game used bats. Same goes with Goldinauctions. Bidami also had some good information on his Nike game used bats. Game day information from the back to back father-son combo was from baseball reference here.

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Miguel Cabrera’s Bat

Many consider Miguel Cabrera the best hitter in the game. Although not a difficult case to make, we will refrain from the superlatives here. Instead, we will present the details we found on the bat the, arguable, best hitter in the game uses. We have searched far and wide, as well as exchanged a few emails with bat manufacturers on Cabrera’s bat orders and sizes. Those facts, and more, are presented in the below expose on Miguel Cabrera’s Bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Sam Bat 34 32, 32.5, 32.7 MC1, KM1 Maple 2005 – Current
Tuff X-Bat 33 7/8 32.6 24 Maple 2003
Louisville Slugger C243 2003
Phoenix Bats 24
Zinger 33.875, 34 32.8, 32.5, 31.5 24 Maple 2003 – 2007
Nokona 33 7/8 33.2 NK31 – MC24 Maple 2008
Marucci 34 31.5 MC24 2007

Miguel Cabrera's Bat

What Bat Does Miguel Cabrera Use?

Over the last decade, it is fair to say Cabrera is a Sam Bat guy. Evidence exists that he used the Sam Bat brand as early as 2005, and since around 2008 or 2009, has used nothing else. We found the MC1, which stands for Miguel Cabrera 1, his model of choice. The KM1 model was also found as a game used by Miguel Cabrera option, but that came only in the very early years when Sam Bat was distributed by Wilson. Sam Bat, you may recall, was made famous by Barry Bonds.

Like many players, Cabrera used his first few years in the pros to acclimate himself to a number of bats before deciding on the maple Sam Bat. Zinger and Tuff X-Bat appeared to be a preference for at least a little while. Phoenix and Marucci also had their chance in Miggy’s hands. Of note, Cabrera used Slugger wood somewhere between rarely and almost never. We found a single C243 attributed to him during his rookie season.

We never found a wood bat from Miggy that was anything but maple. Considering his current love and commitment to Sam Bat, the original maple bat company, this fact makes sense.

What Size is Miguel Cabrera’s Bat?

Miguel Cabrera's Bat

Game used bats at auction, as well as some ordering records we found, make a tight grouping of bat sizes by Cabrera. Ever since his rookie season (2003) his bat has been either 33 7/8 or 34 inches. Miggy bat weight is no more than 33.2 and no less than 31.5 with the mean somewhere in the 32 to 32.5 ounce range.

Considering he is a 6 foot 4, 240 pound beast of a hitter, the bat size would be considered on the average side of things.

Miguel Cabrera’s Best At Bat

Miguel Cabrera's Bat

2012 was a magical year for Miguel Cabrera. Indeed, what he accomplished that year as the first triple crown winner since 1967, would have been magical for anyone. His MC1 Sam Bat was unstoppable as he led the Majors in all Home Runs (44), Average (330) and RBIs (139). If any at-bat exemplified the type of year he had, it may have been when he stepped to the plate on an early August, Sunday afternoon in Detroit.

August 5, 2012, the Indians and Tigers pushed an otherwise forgettable end of summer game into extra innings. In the top of the 9th, with the Indians up, the bats came afire. The Indians would combine for four hits—a single, a double and two homers—to score three runs in the do or die inning.

Now down 3 going into the bottom of the 10th, the Tigers needed a miracle to extend the game, and the impossible to win it. Cabrera, Mr. Impossible in 2012, was 7 spots away from getting in the box.

Cabrera would get his chance. With a 3-1 count, and the score now tied, Cabrera worked a 3-1 count to get a 94 Fastball attempt for the outside corner. The pitch missed the mark by no more than 3 inches, but just enough to move the ball off the black stripe and into Cabrera’s wheelhouse—which, in 2012, consisted of just about anything on the white.

Cabrera unloaded with his MC1 Sam Bat. The ball flew about as high as it did far. Some 380+ feet later it landed in the visiting team’s bullpen. The Indian’s relief pitchers quickly put away their gloves. Cabrera, like he would 44 times that year, trotted the paths. In two more months, that single at bat would highlight a long list of hits from the best hitting season any player has had since 1967.

Miguel Cabrera’s Game used Bats

Miguel Cabrera's Bat

After fitting a potential game used bat into the time frame table above, consider that Cabrera bats are most often untaped. Occasionally, however, Miggy’s bats have been to known to carry a traditional tape wrapping. Some times, as well, tape ringlets or crisscross patterns are found. While tape is uncommon, It is not unusual to find Mota stick or pine tar applications on older versions. His number, 24 since his second year and on, and 20 in his rookie year, are also commonly found on the knob or barrel cap. The vast majority of bats attributed to Cabrera did not have a cupped end.

Miguel Cabrera Bat Sources

Cabrera’s bat usage data is deep and wide. In gathering all the information we could find, the following sources were helpful. Most were found by a simple Google search. PSA Bat Facts is always good for a snippet or two of reliable data points–especially on identifying game used bats. What Pros Wear pointed us to the Sam Bat MC1. Goldinauctions rookie season Cabrera bat auction was useful. We gained some data from BigTimeAuction house too. Bidami auctions are also always helpful. The video of Cabrera’s August 5, 2012 bomb was also fun to watch on MLB.tv. And, finally, Cabrera’s statistics were helpful too.

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Dee Gordon’s Bat

Dee Gordon’s bat is rarely a topic of conversation. A player with less than 10 dingers in his career rarely gets articles written about his bat. However, considering the latest events with his teammate Jose Fernandez, the internet has blown up with his remarkable at bat. We cover that, and more details about his bat, in the following article on Dee Gordon’s Bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Chandler CB1  2011 – Current
Marucci  33  30.5, 31 Dee Gordon Pro  2011 – 2013

Dee Gordon's Bat

What Size Bat Does Dee Gordon Use?

Dee Gordon's Bat

We have had the hardest time tracking down the exact bat sizes for Dee Gordon. This early in his career, there have yet to be many full on auctions that detail the exact weight and length. As that changes, we will make sure to add that information here.

Ordering records for Dee Gordon at Marucci show a 33 inch drop 3 or 3.5 (so 31 to 30.5 ounces), but we will update this as find more information.

What Model Bat Does Dee Gordon Use?

Dee Gordon's Bat

When he was a Dodger, Gordon would occasionally use both a Marucci and a Chandlar bat. Of course there could have been any number of bats he tried at least once, but the only evidence we can gather are those two brands. Once he moved to Miami, we can’t find an instance he used Marucci. Instead, he appears to use the CB1 from Chandler exclusively.

Dee Gordon’s Best At Bat

Dee Gordon's Bat

As the most talked about at bat in recent history, Dee Gordon homered in the bottom of the first on September 26, 2016 off Bartolo Colon. The significance of the at bat is more apparent when considering the previous day’s headlines. Jose Fernandez, a long time teammate of Gordon and ace pitcher on the Marlins’ staff, died in a tragic boating accident early the morning of September 25, 2016. The death sent shock-waves through the entire baseball community as Jose was known for his vibrant, infectious attitude about the game. In honor of their fallen friend, each Marlin wore Fernadez’s number 16 to their game the following day.

In the bottom of the first, Gordon batting lead off, took a pitch on the right handed side of the plate in both Fernandez’s batting stance and wearing his batting helmet. Colon appropriately threw a ball. Gordon then switched sides of the plate and switched out of Jose’s helmet. Bartolo then threw another ball. The count now 2-0, and possibly sensing the gravity of the moment, Colon threw a 85 mile per hour heater right down the middle of the plate. Gordon, who had not hit a home run since more than a year previous, jumped on the fastball and yanked it over the right field fence. Gordon would run the bases, and by the time he reached third, was visibly crying. So was everyone else with a soul.

Gordon would mention later “I ain’t never hit a ball that far, even in BP. I told the boys, ‘If you all don’t believe in God, you better start.’ For that to happen today, we had some help.”

Dee Gordon’s Bat Sources

We affirm the What Pros Wear claim that Gordon currently uses the CB15 from Chandlar Bats. The MLB Auction site was also somewhat helpful in confirming the model. A google search of Gordon and Fernadez will turn up a long list of stories about Gordon’s memorable home runs. USAToday’s write up was probably our favorite.

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Albert Pujols’ Bat

Of all the player bats we’ve studied, no one has used as many models as Albert Pujols. His exclusive use of Marucci for most of the last decade might make many forget, but Pujols’ bat chronology is long and storied. We enjoyed collecting and analyzing the extensive information available on Albert Pujols’ bat, and we hope you enjoy our passing it along.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Marucci 34, 34.5 31.5, 33, 33.2, 34 AP5-P, AP5-M, AP5, CB15B Maple 2007 -2016
Sam Bat 34.5 31.5 SG1, JB1. JB1(S)SG1 Maple 2005 – 2008
Rawlings 2005
Louisville Slugger I13L, I13, C243, M356, R205 2001 – 2007
X-Bat 24, 34 2005, 2006
Old Hickory Custom Pro AP5 2005 – 2007
Max Bat 243 2006, 2007
BWP 2005
Carolina Clubs
Easton 2005

Alber Pujols' Bat

What Bat Did Albert Pujols Use?

Since 2008, Pujols has used nothing but Marucci’s models of bats. Marucci, you may know, is a player owned company where, as we understand it, folks like Andrew McCutchen and Albert Pujols have some sort of ownership interest. Pujols also has his own model, predictably called the AP5. His particular model, depending on the day, is usually the AP5-P, but the AP5-M and AP5 are occasionally with him at the plate. You can actually buy the AP5.

At the beginning of his career, Pujols used a slew of bat brands starting in his 2001 rookie season through 2008. Truthfully, most modern players’ bat charts look like this. But Pujols’ bat pedigree has been so well documented, it was easy to track down the entire list.

Although he used a plethora of bat brands his first seven years in the League, the frequency of Sam Bat SG1 and JB1 auctions with Pujols’ game used markings on them, suggest this may have been a highly preferred brand. Next, if we had to guess, was likely Sluggers’ I13L. From there, you name it. Max Bat, X-Bat, Hickory Bats and the works.

What Size is Albert Pujols’ Bat?

To date, Pujols has been very consistent with his game used bat sizes. Even across different brands he uses that same 34 to 34.5-inch bat with a drop between 3 and 1. The most common we found at auction was a 31.5 to 31.9 ounce 34-inch bat.

What was Albert Pujols’ Best At Bat?

Alber Pujols' Bat

The 2011 World Series pitted the Rangers and Cardinals against each other. It would take seven games to decide the winner. Throughout those seven games, three were decided by 1 run, one was decided by 2 runs, two were decided by 4 runs and the other, game 3, was decided by 9 runs in a 16 to 7 route by the Cards. 6 of those 16 runs in game 3 would come on the Marucci AP5 bat of Albert Pujols who hit three monster home runs.

That night, October 22, 2011, Pujols may have had his best hitting game ever. On 6 plate appearances, he would gather 5 base hits: 2 clutch singles and 3 home runs. Only four other players have hit for 3 home runs in a World Series game (Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and, more recently, Pablo Sandoval). Pujols would plate 6 runs and hit for 18 bases on all of a 21 pitches. He was pure magic that night and, outside of a hard hit ground out to 3rd base in the top of the 1st, flawless.

Albert Pujols has now played in sixteen World Series games. Over those games he has only hit four home runs total. Three came on the same evening of October 22nd, 2011.

Albert Pujols Game Used Bats

Alber Pujols' Bat

In the modern era, game used bats are relatively easy to verify. Pujols’ bats especially, simply because he tended to drive his game used bats into charities and well known auction houses. Based on the number of fakes, and the number of bat brands that claim to have been swung by Pujols, we’d caution a wholesale belief in many claimed game used Pujols bats—especially those off the beaten path.

Albert Pujols’ Bat Sources

Alber Pujols' Bat

Birdbat, a new site to us, had some OCD when it came to Albert Puljos’ bat. That data sources are remarkable, but stops by 2010. What Pros Wear Section on Albert Pujols showed some images of the extra P on the AP5P from Marucci.  GoldinAuctions is always worth a visit to see some verified pro stuff. PSA’s Pro Bat Facts are also a trove of information on big time player bats. Amazon’s product page on the AP5 was actually helpful too.

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Lou Gehrig’s Bat

Lou Gehrig’s bat has been evaluated by many more resourceful individuals than write on this blog. Extensive coverage comes in part because Gehrig’s bats are scarce, only about 20 are still known to exist. This makes them remarkably collectible and expensive. As such, collectors looking to drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on a bat are more likely to employ significant resources to research Gehrig’s bats. We will consolidate some of their work and summarize it in the following Lou Gehrig’s bat informational page.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Hanna Batrite 35, 35.5 37.5, 38 AA Gehrig R2, G76 Ash 1930, 1931
Kren
Louisville Slugger 33.75, 35, 35.5 35.3, 36.5, 37, 40 40K, G69 Ash 1920 – 1929, 1932 – 1939
Spalding

Lou Gherigs Bat

What Size Bat Did Lou Gehrig Use?

Lou Gherig's Bat

From the available models at auction houses, Gehrig’s bats were a consistent 35 inches. The weights differ substantially—as is expected from that era. The lightest bat we could locate was just over 35 ounces, the heaviest was at least 40 ounces. Considering Gehrig played with Babe Ruth, who often used a 50+ ounce bat, it is no doubt that Gehrig at least tried bats outside the 35 to 40 ounce range we found.

One source mentions the Louisville Slugger ordering record shows Gehrig’s bat weights declining as he neared retirement. They imply this is due to Lou’s deteriorating condition and Slugger’s attempt to give him the best chance at the plate.

What Was Lou Gehrig’s Bat Model?

Lou Gherig's Bat

All in all, Gehrig used at least four bat brands during his career: Louisivlle Slugger, Kren, Spalding and Hanna Batright. Without a doubt, however, the Louisville Slugger G69 was his favorite model and he used it for the vast majority of his games.

Interestingly, some of this data comes from a lawsuit. In the early 1930’s, Hillerich & Bradsby, the brand owners of Louisville Slugger in the 1930’s, filed a law suit against a bat company called Batright. The claim, as far as we gathered, was Batright’s use of Gehrig’s name on their bat wasn’t legal. During trial, Gehrig claimed he never gave that permission, although, he mentions, he did use the Batright brand of bats for his own personal use. He claims he used the Hanna Batright for two years and Louisville Slugger for the other parts of his career.

In that same testimony, Gehrig claims he used a Spalding bat during some spring training sessions. Additionally, other sources claim he used a KREN wood bat.

Lou Gehrig’s Best At Bat

Lou Gherig's Bat

Gehrig is credited with 493 home runs, yet he actually hit 495 in his too short career. One take back was on June 16th, 1935. Gherig hit a home run off Les Tietje of the St. Louis Browns in the first inning. However, the game was rained out and never made up. As such, Gherig’s home run never counted.

On April 26, 1931 the Yankees played the Washington Senators in Washington at Griffiths’s stadium. In the top of the first, with two outs and a runner on third, Gehrig ripped a line drive into the stands in deep center. The ball hit the grandstands and bounced back into the field where the Washington’s center-fielder caught the ball.

The third base runner, who only observed the center-fielder catching the ball, assumed Gehrig had flied out to center. He never touched home and went directly to the 3rd base dugout. Gehrig, who saw the ball leave the field trotted the base paths. But, as he passed the place the third base runner left the base line, he was called out and credited with a triple instead of his 191st home run.

Lou Gehrig’s Game Used Bat Details

Lou Gherig's Bat

There are no more than 20 game used bats from Lou Gehrig known today. Most are Louisville Slugger—which are much more easily identifiable due to Slugger’s ordering record and Gehrig’s preference for them. The internet is replete with information on Gehrig’s game used bats and we will simply point you to the most fascinating story we read on the matter: The finding of a game used Gehrig Batright.

Lou Gehrig’s Bat Sources

The story on Sports Collectors Daily detailing the BATRIGHT bat identified in a Chicago Tribune article is fascinating. Of course, the bat facts section at PSA Bat is always useful for this era of player. As well, the story of the lost home run found here was used and so was this Gehrig’s stats page.

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Babe Ruth’s Bat

Babe Ruth’s bat stands as one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, piece of collectible sports memorabilia in the world. As such, more has been documented about the Babe’s bat than could ever be covered in this simple article. We did a thorough job, however, of collecting information on size, weight, length, models and what might be considered his best at bat. The official record is at best, shaky. However, points of emphasis, along with links to the sources from which they came, are found in the following write-up on Babe Ruth’s Bat.

Brand Length Weight Model Type Years
Louisville Slugger 35.75, 36 40 – 54 R2 Ash, Hickory 1914 – 1925
Louisville Slugger *34.5, 35 to 36 38 – 42 R2, Hack Wilson Handle Ash, Hickory 1926 – 1931
Louisville Slugger 35 1932 – 1935

*This shorty is claimed to be from the 1932 season.

Babe Ruth's Bat

What Size Bat Did Babe Ruth Use?

Babe Ruth's Bat

Although incomplete, the ordering record from Louisville Slugger is where most data points originate in terms of Babe Ruth’s game used bats. Auction house data also provides some insight. From these we learn Ruth’s bat size, like nearly every player we have studied, changed throughout his career. The best we can tell, his early bats weighed upwards of 54 ounces while his end of career bats may have been as light as 38 ounces.

What Model Bat Did Babe Ruth Use?

Babe Ruth's Bat

Much like Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth only used the Louisville Slugger brand of bats during his career. Ruth switched between hickory, white hickory and ash every so often. He also changed the shape of his handle at least once. The barrel model number is most often referred to as R2 and the Slugger record often refers to different Ruth versions as his “#2” or “Small #1.”

Babe Ruth’s Best at Bat

Babe Ruth's Bat

 

This directly from the September 30th, 1927 New York Times

When the Babe stepped to the plate in that momentous eighth inning the score was deadlocked. Koenig was on third base, the result of a triple, one man was out and all was tense. It was the Babe’s fourth trip to the plate during the afternoon, a base on balls and two singles resulting on his other visits plateward.

The first Zachary offering was a fast one, which sailed over for a called strike. The next was high. The Babe took a vicious swing at the third pitched ball and the bat connected with a crash that was audible in all parts of the stand. The boys in the bleachers indicated the route of the record homer. It dropped about half way to the top, a fitting wallop to break the Babe’s record of 59 in 1921.

While the crowd cheered and the Yankee players roared their greetings the Babe made his triumphant, almost regal tour of the paths. He jogged around slowly, touched each bag firmly and carefully, and when he imbedded his spikes in the rubber disk to record officially Homer 60 hats were tossed into the air, papers were torn up and tossed liberally and the spirit of celebration permeated the place.

The Babe’s stroll out to his position was the signal for a handkerchief salute in which all the bleacherites, to the last man, participated. Jovial Babe entered into the carnival spirit and punctuated his kingly strides with a succession of snappy military salutes.

The only unhappy individual in the Stadium was Zachary, one of the most interested spectators of the home run flight. He tossed his glove to the ground, muttered to himself, turned to his mates for consolation and got everything but that.

Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run Footage

Game Used Bat Ruth Bats

Babe Ruth’s bat is, to put it lightly, very collectible. The few that are confirmed to exist drive a pretty penny at auction. However, the holes in the records make Ruth bat identification a bit more of an art than a science. Collectors do their best to match up sizes and weights with the ordering record from Slugger, but even that is often unhelpful as not all bats the Babe used were recorded. Some entire years of ordering records simply don’t exist or were burned in a fire.

A few years back, an old farmhouse outside of Baltimore found 150 baseball bats. One was attributed to Ruth due to its size, name and notches. Their were 11 notches and, it is presumed, they marked the number of home runs he hit with that particular bat. $214,001 later and you could have owned that bat.

Babe Ruth’s Bat Sources

PSA Bat Facts on Babe Ruth
GoldinAuction House Data
New York Times’ Take on Ruth’s 60th

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Mike Trout’s Bat

As one of the most popular players in the Majors at the moment, Mike Trout’s bat has seen plenty of press. His penchant for using the same type of bat, so far, makes this report on Mike Trout’s bat simple enough, but not necessarily short. Looking every possible place, and speaking with collectors and auction houses, delivers the following report on Mike Trout’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Years
Old Hickory 33.5 31.5, 32.1, 31.6, 31.7, 31.9, 32.3, 33.4 Maple MT27, J143, J143M, J143P 2010 – Current
Rawlings* 33.5 30.8 Ash A8898 2011

Mike Trout's Bat

*Note: Trout was known to use Rawlings bats during his rookie season occasionally. He split time between the Angels and their affiliated Arkansas Travelers. As of this writing, he is exclusively swinging the Old Hickory MT27 in a 33.5 inch length and, depending on the wood density, about a 1.75 drop. An eBay search like this can find some of these bats.

What Bat Does Mike Trout Swing?

Mike Trout's Bat

Although he spent at least a few at bats in his rookie season testing out the Rawlings A8898, Trout’s bat is the Old Hickory. His particular model is a full maple wood bat. The design has changed slightly over the years, and with that, the model number. The best we can tell, he started with a J143 and then moved to the J143M. The letter on the end most likely implies a change in end cup or knob taper. We also have some evidence of a J143P which, again, is a slight variation to the knob or end cup.

After his J143M, the model number was changed to MT27. This, of course, refers to Mike Trout and his number 27.

Trout has plenty of years ahead of him in the game, and as such, his opportunity to use a different bat is probable. Considering the amount of sponsorship money many of these bat companies are willing to throw around, we would not be surprised if some other suitor captured his at bats. But, for now, there is no indication Mike Trout will swing anything other than the maple bat from Old Hickory. Perhaps he will approach Derek Jeter’s bat legacy in terms of only using one bat during his career.

What Size is Mike Trout’s Bat?

Mike Trout's Bat

Every Mike Trout bat we were able to locate was 33.5 inches long. In his Old Hickory models, it is stamped on the face of the bat. Weights, as they often do in wood bats, vary. The lightest Old Hickory we found was a 31.5 ounce stick; the heaviest was a 33.4 ounce. These ranges are not uncommon due to inconsistency in wood density.  On average in the bats we found, Trout’s bat weighed 31.75 ounces.

Mike Trout’s Best At Bat

Mike Trout's Bat

On May 15, 2014, the Angels trailed the Rays 3 to 5 in Anaheim in a Thursday evening game. Brad Boxberger replaced closer Grant Balfour after he failed to secure an out in the 9th after facing three batters. Trout was Boxberger’s first and only batter faced for the night. With runners on 1st and 3rd, Boxberger and Trout battled to a 1-1 count.  Before the 3rd pitch of the at bat, the commentator casually reminded the viewer that Trout has never had a walk off home run. Like magic, Boxberger would hang his 81 mph breaking ball right above Trout’s knees in the middle of the plate. Trout’s trusty 33.5 inch Old Hickory would unload that ball 20+ rows up in the left field bleachers.

To date, that shot stands as Mike Trout’s most significant hit in terms of changing a game’s outcome. He has since hit two more walk off shots—his next coming just a month later, and the third in July of 2017. Grant Balfour lost the starting role for the Rays a month later. Boxburger, at least in 2016, still pitches for the Rays.

Mike Trout’s Game Used Bats

Mike Trout's Bat

Here is an assembly of 2012 gamers from Mike Trout’s rookie season. With them, he hit home run number 6, 9, 10, 11, 13 & 30. Since, Trout has switched up his tape job and now uses a lizard skin grip instead of athletic tape ala Bo Jackson. You will also notice the red residue on the handle of his bats from the Mota Stick, red clay on the infield and his batting gloves. Trout’s bats are relatively accessible, although not cheap, since he entered the League. Home run bats, such as these, are relatively scarce.

Mike Trout Bat Sources

Mike Trout's Bat

More information on Mike Trout’s bat comes from places we found helpful in writing this article. PSA Bat facts section is as good as any place in terms of overall information. Statistics for his best at bat were found on baseball reference.

You can find some of these bats for sale with an ebay search like this.

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