Stan Musial H&B block-letter ("Musial Style") model "M140" bat dating from the 1950 season. (The year was pinpointed based upon the combined styles of center brand and "Powerized" stampings.) Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. The bat displays evidence of moderate-to-heavy use, including ball marks and deep stitch impressions on the left and back barrel, green bat-rack marks, and a crack in the handle that has been professionally repaired. A small mounting hole appears on the knob. Musial has signed the bat twice; once in faded black fountain pen (grading "5") below the barrel stamping and again in blue Sharpie ("10") on the "sweet spot" of the barrel. As noted in the accompanying PSA/DNA LOA, the "M140" model bat was created and first ordered by Musial in 1949, with subsequent orders placed in 1950, 1953, and 1955. 1950 marked another banner season for "Stan the Man," as he led the league with a .346 batting average, 28 home runs and 109 RBI. In addition to winning his fourth batting title (out of an eventual seven), Musial also led the league in slugging percentage (.596) and finished second in the MVP balloting behind Jim Konstanty. One of the greatest hitters of all time, Musial finished his career with a .330 lifetime average, 3,630 hits (fifth all time), 1,951 RBI (seventh all time), 725 doubles (third all time), and 475 home runs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 33.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA and auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $10,000+.
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