Jackie Robinson 70th anniversary auction to benefit JRF ending April 29
As the game’s first great “5 tool player”, each of Willie Mays’ season stat lines reveals his complete dominance over every aspect of the game. Almost every summer during his prime Mays led the league in a different category: 1954 was batting average, 1955 was home runs, 1956 stolen bases, 1957 it was triples, and so it went for over a decade.
In 1960, Mays batted .319 with 29 homers and led the National League in hits with 190. Mays used this Hillerich & Bradsby S2 model bat during that season. The bat is un-cracked and, as you’d expect from a Mays gamer, shows excellent use. It’s easy to see how he led the league in hits as the bat’s barrel is covered with ball marks with stitch impressions. There are cleat imprints and red bat rack paint streaks can be seen throughout and “MAYS” in block letters is stamped into the barrel. The model number “S2” is stamped into the knob end, over which Mays’ famed number “24” was hand written in black marker. Baseball’s greatest 5-tool player has signed the barrel in bold black marker, making this a complete Willie Mays gamer, direct from the prime years of his career. This remarkable bat from arguably the game’s greatest player, comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (G55716), who have graded this bat a GU 9 and COA from Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication.
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