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No player has a more mythical and saintly quality about him than Roberto Clemente. As the first Puerto Rican-born superstar, Clemente became the idol of millions of Hispanics, and baseball fans in general admired the drive and determination he displayed in every game he played. Teammates couldn’t help but be inspired by his example and his charity work in Latin America during the off season made him a hero among the impoverished and disadvantaged.

The world lost a truly great and kind soul when he was killed in a plane crash delivering relief supplies to Nicaragua on New year’s Eve, 1972. Clemente’s legacy didn’t end there - the Hall of Fame waved their waiting period and immediately voted the Puerto Rican superstar a plaque to join the other greats of the game. For all his fame, popularity, and more than 18 years in the Majors, Clemente game used items are surprisingly hard to come by.

This Hillerich & Bradsby U1 model bat was ordered by and manufactured for the great one in the years just prior to his tragic death. This bat dates to the 1971-72 labeling period, which includes the unforgettable 1971 World Championship season and 1972, his final year and the one during which he recorded his 3,000th hit. Measuring 36” long and weighting 35.5oz, the U1 model bat shows excellent game use and is un-cracked. There are several ball marks and stitch impressions present on the right, left and back barrel. There is a light coating of pine tar on the handle and the knob has the bat’s model number “U1” stamped. Also on the knob is Clemente’s number “21” that was handwritten in what it is now faded black marker. Adding to this bat is the bold signature of Clemente on the barrel with the inscription “To My Friend Casey Best Wishes Always”. This is a great bat from a man whose impact truly transcends the game of baseball and continues to inspire millions around the world. This bat comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B26113) for the game use and has been given the highest possible grade of GU 10. Additionally, there is a LOA from JSA for Clemente’s signature and inscription.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $118,080.00
Number Bids: 37
Auction closed on Monday, October 25, 2021.
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