Pete Rose H&B signature-model ("R195") bat dating from the 1977-1979 manufacturing period. Graded GU 7 by PSA/DNA. The bat, which is not cracked, displays evidence of outstanding use, including ball marks and stitch impressions on all sides of the barrel and green bat-rack marks. The letter "R" is written on the knob in blue marker. Despite his foibles, which are many and well documented, and his major off-field transgressions, no one can deny Pete Rose his due as a player. For three decades Pete Rose was the epitome of a baseball player and one of the finest all-around performers in the game. The only player to appear in over 500 games at five different positions, Rose was the heart and soul of the legendary Big Red Machine during the mid 1970s and later brought the same spark and leadership to Philadelphia, where he helped lead the club to its first World Championship in franchise history. This bat dates to three of his most productive seasons, two of which were spent in Cincinnati (1977-1978) and the other in Philadelphia (1979). Rose batted over .300 every season between the years 1977 and 1979, and in 1978 tied a National League record by hitting in forty-four consecutive games. He retired in 1986 as the all-time leader in hits (4,256), singles (3,215), at-bats (14,053), games played (3,562), and finished his career with a .303 lifetime average. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.1 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Also accompanied by an LOA (dated August 30, 2001) from Vince Malta. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+.
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