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Roberto Clemente 1968-1970 Game-Used Adirondack Bat - PSA/DNA GU 9

Lot Number 535

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In an unusual pattern between World Series titles realized 11 years apart, the Pittsburgh Pirates endured four losing seasons and, though guided by the same manager for both championships, had replaced him twice in between because of health concerns. So while the Bucs were hampered by inconsistencies, Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente was not. As he continued his remarkable exploits both at the plate and in the outfield, Clemente brandished this bat sometime during the 1968-1970 seasons, with the Pirates returning to the postseason in the latter year. The Adirondack “234X” (36-1/2”, 37.4-oz) white ash war club exhibits evidence of absolutely phenomenal game use! Uncracked, the black-ring model features a flare knob and shows ball and bat-rack marks about the barrel, as well as pine-tar residue on the handle and traces of pine tar on the barrel (from contact with other bats). While not at 100 percent physically, Clemente missed 30 games in 1968, 24 in 1969 and 54 (exactly one-third the season) in 1970. But when available, he remained the best in the business, securing his eighth, ninth and tenth of 12 successive Gold Glove honors in the above-mentioned years, eclipsing the 200 home run plateau and compiling impressive batting marks of .291, .345 and a robust .352. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA, this Hall of Fame lumber possesses identifiable player use characteristics and hails from the era of a player who, despite entering his mid-30s, continued to post MVP-worthy numbers. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.

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