Jimmie Foxx H&B signature-model ("F3") bat dating from the approximate 1942-1945 manufacturing period. Graded GU 7 by PSA/DNA. As noted in the accompanying LOA from PSA/DNA, the manufacturing period for this bat was determined by the combined styles of center brand and "Powerized" stampings. Also, although no model number is stamped on the knob, PSA/DNA has determined, through caliper measurements, that the offered bat is identical to the schematic's of Foxx's "F3" model as listed in Foxx's Professional Bat Ordering Records on file a the Louisville Slugger Museum. The bat, which is crafted from hickory, displays evidence of outstanding use, including many ball marks on the right, left, and back barrel, cleat marks, and a surface crack on the left barrel. Also visible on the barrel are small depressions on the left and back barrel, and a water stain on the top barrel. Because the "F3" model does not appear on Foxx's PBOR during the referenced manufacturing period, PSA/DNA believes this bat represents a non-recorded order, as opposed to a team ordered or team "index" bat. (Team "index" bats were normally made from a lower grade of ash than player-ordered bats, plus, more important, PSA/DNA has never
seen a request for a hickory bat in a team order of index bats.) Nicknamed "The Beast" for his formidable presence at the plate, Foxx was one of the game's greatest hitters. He finished his career with a .325 lifetime average and was the second player in history (after Ruth) to amass over 500 home runs. Foxx was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1951. Foxx game bats are among the rarest of all bats used by members of the "500 Home Run Club." Length: 35 inches. Weight: 33.2 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+.
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