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Circa 1923 Babe Ruth Game Used Bat - with Full MEARS Letter Grade A6

There is nothing quite like the thrill of holding a Babe Ruth bat in one's hands, and this is a scarce early example dating to the era of the New York Yankees' first World Championship season of 1923. This Hillerich & Bradsby "125" Louisville Slugger exhibits excellent use with cleat marks and swelling evident from big hitting along the barrell of the bat. Ruthian in appearence, this bat is incredibly attractive, and is made of professional grade white ash wood and features a medium brown patina adding even further to the aura of the bat. 

Importantly, the centerbrand and barrell stampings remain prominent - the Babe's signature is incredibly bold and clear for all to see. The 1922-25 period is indicated by a relatively small difference in the lettering font and positioning within the centerbrand. This bat may have been used during the very first Yankee Championship season of 1923! and during the very height of Ruth's career.

Factory records of the 1920s are incomplete with regard to Ruth bat orders, with the lengths and weights of many orders not recorded. At a length of thirty four inches and weight of thirty four ounces, this bat certainly falls in the acceptable range. While it is currently believed bats of thirty-five or thirty-six inches in length were more commonly used by Ruth, Ruth is quoted in an article on batting that he did use bats a little shorter as well, and there is record of Ruth ordering approximate thirty-four inch bats, and record of thirty-four ounces. The knob appears to have a slight chip, and there is a slight horizontal grain separation along a few inches of the barrell, which is pictured, and is likely the result of heavy hitting, adding to the phenomenal game use of the bat.

This bat is accompanied by a Full Letter by MEARS, detailing the specifications and use of the bat, refer to posted letter at left. A key artifact from the beginning of the New York Yankee's reign as baseball's most noteworthy franchise.

Authentication

100% Authentic Team, MEARS

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