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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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

What Model Bat Did Ken Griffey Jr. Use?[/su_heading]

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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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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