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1983 Bobby Murcer Signed Pro-Model Bat - Murcer's Last Bat - With Outstanding Provenance!
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,251.50
On June 20, 1983, Bobby Murcer's Major League career came to an unceremonious end following his unconditional release by the New York Yankees, the team that initially drafted him in 1964. Offered here is the very last bat ever used by Murcer during his Major League career. It is accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance from former Baltimore Orioles announcer Ted Patterson, who personally received it directly from Murcer on the day of his release. In part: "In 1983, in Baltimore, the Yankees released Bobby after playing in just 9 games + only 4 hits and 22 at bats. After his release after batting practice Bobby offered me his final bat in the big leagues. He signed it + then began his new life with the Yankees in the broadcast booth. The date was June 20, 1983. When he gave me the bat he said 'I won't need this anymore.' He then signed it and gave it to me." Murcer was released on Monday, June 20th, which was an off day for the Yankees. As noted by Patterson in his letter, Murcer was notified of his release right after the Yankees had taken batting practice during their off-day workout at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. In addition to Patterson's letter, the bat is also accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA, which specifically dates the bat to 1983. The Bobby Murcer signature-model "S2L" bat is not cracked and displays evidence of heavy use along its entire length. Numerous ball marks and stitch impressions are visible along the barrel, as are blue bat-rack marks. The most notable feature of this bat is the inclusion of a small foam pad that has been taped to the handle. As PSA/DNA notes in its LOA, the padded handle is a unique trait found on Murcer game bats: "Murcer applied the pad to his bats after a hand injury in the late 1960's. The inclusion of the pad provides what we believe to be strong evidence that the bat was game used by Bobby Murcer." In addition to the verifiable player traits, the bat also displays Murcer's uniform number ("2") written on the knob in black marker. Murcer has signed the bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") directly below the barrel stamping.
Bobby Murcer, who replaced Mickey Mantle in center field for the Yankees in 1969, was always one of the most popular Yankees during his years with the club. Murcer was the team's star player between the years 1969 and 1974, a period in which mediocrity was the norm for the club. Ironically, Murcer, who loved the Yankees, was instrumental in the club's resurgence under George Steinbrenner, but not by his play on the field. In the winter of 1974 Murcer was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Bobby Bonds. The following season the Yankees then traded Bonds for Mickey Rivers and Ed Figueroa, the two final pieces of the puzzle that eventually brought the Yankees three pennants and two World Championships from 1976 through 1978. Murcer eventually returned to the Yankees in 1979 and finally appeared in a World Series with the club in 1980, but never realized his dream of playing on a World Championship club. After his playing career ended Murcer endeared himself to a new generation of fans as a broadcaster with the Yankees. Unfortunately, Murcer passed away in 2008 at the age of sixty-two as a result of complications relating to brain cancer. This is by far the most significant Murcer bat we have ever offered and one that would be the highlight of any advanced New York Yankees collection. Graded GU8 by PSA/DNA. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $2,251.50
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