1977-1979 Rod Carew Game-Used Bat

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1706

Item Year: 1977

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rod Carew H&B signature-model ("C243") bat dating from the 1977 to 1979 manufacturing period. The bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball marks, cleat marks, rack marks, checking (grain separation) on both the front and back barrel, and a light application of pine tar on the handle. Carew's uniform number ("29") is written on the knob in black marker. Both the bat's length (34.5 inches) and weight (30.8 ounces) correspond perfectly to the specifications of other bats found in Carew's H&B ordering records for the three-year period 1977 to 1979 (source: A Complete Reference Guide Louisville Slugger Professional Player Bats by Vince Malta). Carew was at the peak of his powers during that span. In 1977 he batted over .400 for much of the season before finishing the year with a league-high .388 average. The following season he won his seventh and final batting title with a .333 mark. In 1979, his first season with the Angles, Carew batted .318. One of the greatest hitters of all time, Carew batted over .300 for fifteen consecutive seasons (1969-1983) and retired in 1985 with a .328 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1991. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 30.8 ounces. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000


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