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Lot # 19: 1925-28 Ty Cobb Game Used Bat (PSA)

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 27 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring Classic 2022",
which ran from 5/20/2022 7:00 PM to
6/11/2022 10:00 PM

"The bat is a wondrous weapon," said Ty Cobb, a man who should know. Offered is the extraordinary chance to own the bat of this warrior-like batting genius. Cobb was known for his combative playing style, so his calling a bat a weapon seems appropriate for him. Just before Cobb made the Major Leagues in 1905 with the Detroit Tigers as a 19-year-old, his mother shot and killed his father. In the trial that followed, Cobb's mother said that she thought his father was a burglar. In a controversial decision, she was acquitted of manslaughter. Cobb's already competitive nature seems to have been enhanced from this traumatic incident, as well as the hazing he experienced as a rookie trying to break into the Major Leagues while still dealing with his father's death. Consequently, Cobb batted and ran as if he were at war. At the plate, Cobb used a "spread" batting grip in which he separated his hands for more bat control, particularly helpful with the heavy bats used in his time, especially in his early years. One of only five inaugural inductees to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cobb is still considered by some as the greatest baseball player of all time. He batted .366 lifetime, the highest career batting average in history. He led the American league 12 times in batting average, and he hit over .400 three times. He won an American League MVP and a Triple Crown in 1909. In his 24-year Major League career, he amassed 4,189 hits - the all-time record until it was broken by Pete Rose in 1985. Cobb also stole 892 bases, a total when he retired that was the highest in the 20th Century.

The offered ash bat is an unbroken Hillerich and Bradsby professional model Ty Cobb bat (Number C28, as identified by the PSA/DNA Authentication Team) from 1925-28. As such, it was used by Cobb either in one or both of his final seasons with the Detroit Tigers and/or in a period of 1927-28 with his other, and final team, the Philadelphia Athletics. It is 34.5 inches long, and it weighs 39.0 ounces, much heavier than bats used in today's game. Many marks from baseballs are on all sides of the barrel. The handle shows evidence of three tape rings, with two still attached. A notation or inscription was removed from the left barrel. Post Ty Cobb use is suggested by the condition of the barrel. The bat shows great use, some from Cobb and some from an unknown player or person at a later time. What prevents this from being a high-grade bat is the fact that it was used after Cobb used it, as this created additional marks and some gouges. The length and weight are perfect for Cobb, and there is no doubt that he used this bat as his "weapon." The barrel even has some cleat marks and tobacco juice stains, both Cobb traits. The bat comes with a Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA. What's presented is a remarkable opportunity to possess, to proudly display to others, and perhaps to even carefully hold, and then actually swing, a baseball bat used by the immortal Ty Cobb.

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