Lot 379: 1953 Mickey Mantle New York Yankees Game Bat
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Auction Date:6/15/2012 9:00 PM EST
One of the most iconic American sports figures was Mickey Mantle, and this is one of the Hall of Fame outfielder's earliest bats, dating to 1953 based on a center brand variation. Hillerich and Bradsby Model K55 is 35 inches long and weighs 34 ounces. We call this a "game" bat instead of "game used" because although it exhibits some marks, it is uncracked and does not show what we determine to be definitive game use. When Mantle made his big-league debut in 1951, he possessed a rare combination of blazing speed and massive power, although his quickness was compromised after sustaining a freak injury in the outfield during his rookie season when his cleats got caught in an outfield drain. He was hampered by injuries from that point forward but still racked up phenomenal numbers and is widely regarded as the greatest switch-hitter the game has ever produced.
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