Exceptional Roberto Clemente H&B signature-model ("U1") bat dating from the the 1969-1972 manufacturing period. Graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. As noted in the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, the bat displays excellent use along its entire length, including a number of ball marks and stitch impressions on the right, left, and back barrel. The barrel has also been scored by Clemente and a light coating of pine tar has been applied to the handle. Most important, Clemente's uniform number ("21") is written on the knob in vintage black marker. This bat dates to Clemente's final four seasons in baseall. As indicated by his respective batting averages for each of those years (.345, .352, .341, and .312), Clemente was still at the top of his game while wielding this piece of lumber. A great humanitarian as well as an accomplished ballplayer, Clemente died tragically in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The following year he became the first Hispanic ballplayer elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (the Hall waived its normal five-year waiting period in his honor). This is an extraordinary Roberto Clemente bat in all respects, and the first we have ever offered graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 38.8 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $15,000++.
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