1939 Jimmie Foxx Game-Used Half Bat Signed by 25 Members of the Red Sox Incl Williams (Rookie Season), Grove, Cronin, Duffy, Doerr and Berg! PSA/DNA

Sold For: $5,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1303

Item Year: 1939

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Extraordinary 1938-1939 Jimmie Foxx game-used half bat, signed by twenty-five members of the 1939 Boston Red Sox. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as a game-used Foxx bat. The bat (35 inches; 14.7 ounces) has been cut in half, lengthwise, to accommodate the black fountain-pen signatures of the following twenty-five members of the Red Sox: Ted Williams, Lefty Grove, Joe Cronin (player/manager), Bobby Doerr, Hugh Duffy (coach), Moe Berg, Lou Finney, Jim Bagby, Emerson Dickman, Doc Cramer, Red Nonnenkamp, Bill LeFebvre, Jim Tabor, Boze Berger, Eldon Aucker, Joe Heving, Joe Vosmik, Jack Wilson, Gene Desautels, Fritz Ostemueller, Danny Galehouse, John Peacock, Tom Carey, Charlie Wagner, and Tom Daly (coach). A neatly printed black fountain-pen inscription on the upper handle reads "Boston Red Sox 1939/2nd Place." Signatures range from "4" to "8," averaging "6/7." This bat almost certainly originates from Jimmie Foxx's personal collection. Not only is it one of his game bats from the season, but it would also explain why his signature is not on it. Another interesting feature of this bat is that every player signed his name horizontally on the bat with the exception of Ted Williams, who has signed it vertically. As such, his is the largest signature on the bat. 1939 was Williams' rookie season and it was clear to most fans that they were witnessing a "changing of the guard" in Boston, with Williams taking the place of the aging Foxx as the focal point of the offense. Foxx managed to best "The Kid" in batting average and home runs (.360 and 35, to Williams' .327 and 31), but Williams outperformed Foxx in the RBI department (145 to 105). Still, Foxx's season was good enough for him to finish second in the MVP voting that year behind Joe DiMaggio. As noted in the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, even though this is a half bat, it can still be verified as a Foxx gamer. The bat displays evidence of excellent use, including several ball marks and stitch impressions on the right and left barrel. A slight crack can be seen in the handle and there is a six-inch wrap of vintage black tape on the handle that covers most of it. This is an outstanding Boston Red Sox team-signed item, and one would have equal appeal to both game-used bat and autograph collectors. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA (for the bat only) and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autographs only). Reserve $500. Estimate (open).


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