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1923-1925 Ken Williams Game-Used Bat - Full PSA/DNA

Lot Number 638

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From 1918 through 1931, the American League home run title was nearly an exclusive achievement for Babe Ruth, who led the circuit 12 times in those 14 seasons. While it was rare to top the Sultan of Swat in the longball category, it is perhaps rarer, still, to find a game-used bat not only from that glorious era, but wielded by one of the two players who topped Ruth on the home run ledger. This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model lumber was used by St. Louis Browns outfielder Ken Williams at the peak of his magnificent but overshadowed career. Turned by the Kentucky-based plant as it now had a stranglehold on Major League bat contracts, this white ash weapon hails from the 1923-1925 labeling period, which pre-dated the custom of model numbers. Terrific game use is evident in the form of ball, stitch and surface marks throughout, as well as a handle crack and a 4-1/2” (very thin) section of wood missing from atop the barrel. The latter flaw was actually incurred during this keepsake's "playing" days, as the darkened layer of wood not only suggests nearly a century of exposure, but, to the naked eye, blends in and actually adds aesthetic appeal. Aside from minimal grain swelling on the hitting surface, this heirloom features a smooth furniture-like finish from the Hornsby-style knob to the end of its rounded barrel. As for Williams’ diamond prowess, he had topped the American League with 39 home runs in 1922 (largely because a disciplinary suspension handed down from Commissioner Landis had limited Ruth to 110 games and 35 round-trippers). In the labeling period of this bat, Williams belted an aggregate 72 home runs and twice garnered MVP consideration. Comes with a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.



 
 
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