Rare Phil Rizzuto H&B signature-model ("H117") bat dating from the New York Yankees' 1952 World Championship season. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA. Although the stampings date the bat to the general 1950-1960 manufacturing period, the bat can be pinpointed to the 1952 season based upon the H&B shipping records. This bat measures 36 inches in length and weighs 32.5 ounces. According to factory records, the only year in which Rizzuto ordered "H117" model bats matching the offered bat's specifications was in 1952. As noted in the accompanying PSA/DNA letter, the bat displays evidence of heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball marks and stitch impressions on the right, left, and back barrel, cleat marks, light checking (grain separation) on the back of the barrel (as a result of repeated ball contact), and a slight crack in the handle. Both the handle crack and the checking have been professionally repaired. Phil Rizzuto game-used bats are exceedingly rare. This is the first we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen three others at auction in the past twenty years. This is also the highest-graded example we have ever seen. Its rarity is further emphasized by PSA/DNA: "To date [October 18, 2013], we have recorded only four bats from his [Rizzuto's] active career in our database." Rizzuto, who was one of the Yankees' main catalysts during the club's fabled 1949-1953 World Championship dynasty, batted .254 with 2 home runs and 43 RBI in 1952. A former American League MVP and five-time All-Star, Rizzuto was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 32.5 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.
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