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After decades of futility, the first season of the 1960s saw the Pittsburgh Pirates finally returning to World Championship form. While Roberto Clemente was a fan favorite and Bill Mazeroski was the World Series hero that season, it was the big bat of Dick Groat that fueled the Buc’s 1960 pennant drive. The shortstop pounded National League pitching at a .325 clip that summer and became the first Pirate to win a batting title since Paul Waner won his in 1927. Groat’s season almost ended prematurely when his wrist was broken by a Lew Burdette fastball in September, but the Pirates captain valiantly returned to the lineup in time for the World Series against the Yankees.

In Game 1, Groat tied the game with a double and later scored to give Pittsburgh the lead. Then, in the climactic Game 7 he contributed an RBI in the 8th inning which gave the Pirates a 9-7 lead in the see-saw game. Groat’s tremendous season saw him not only earning the batting crown but also the National League’s MVP Award as well. To recognize the batting champion in each league, Louisville Slugger awarded a full-size sterling silver bat. Created to replicate the actual signature-model bat used by Dick Groat, this bat is one of sport’s most beautiful awards. 34-inches long and 53 ounces in weight, the bat has been engraved with “BATTING CHAMPION 1960 NATIONAL LEAGUE B.A. 325. The bat shows some surface abrasions and scuffs from age and storage and displays magnificently. A real museum piece from one of the greatest seasons in Pittsburgh Pirates history. The bat comes with a LOA from Dick Groat.

1960 National League Batting Championship Sterling Silver Bat Presented To Dick Groat - 1960 Batting Champion, 1960 NL MVP & World Series Champion - The Trifecta! (Groat LOA)
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