A menacing model of consistency, Jim Rice proved an able successor to the left field throne vacated by both Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. During the latter portion of his Hall of Fame career, Rice wielded this Cooper “C243” (35”, 35.6-oz) signature model bat. Turned from high-grade white ash, the lumber exhibits evidence of tremendous game use, with ball and embedded stitch marks about the hitting surface, as well as bat-rack streaks throughout and an ample coating of pine tar that extends from the handle to just below the center brand. Just above the knob, a handle crack of just under 2” represents the war club’s demise. The knob is home to a vintage black-marker notation of Rice’s since-retired number “14,” as well as factory stampings of “35” and “33.07.” The latter identifier is a weight indicator. As is customary with Rice gamers, this one has since “gained” a little weight thanks to the slugger’s penchant for pie tar. Rice was known to wield bats made by Adirondack, Louisville Slugger, Worth and Cooper. Of note is that Canadian-based Cooper produced it first professional bats in 1986 and by 1988, issued bats to 30% of the professional market, including Fenway favorite Rice.
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