SCP Auctions November 19th, 2011 Auction
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Often described as a "picture player" Joe DiMaggio epitomized grace on the baseball diamond-- both at bat and in center field. "The Yankee Clipper" used an unusually wide stance in winning two batting championships and three MVP awards. In 13 seasons he amassed 361 homers, averaged 118 RBI annually and compiled a .325 lifetime batting mark. But the numbers are only a fractional component of Joe DiMaggio’s immeasurable legacy. Exuding grace and elegance in a game that less than two decades before his arrival had been blemished by a gambling scandal, DiMaggio defined an era of American resurgence, helping to pick up a beleaguered nation by its boot straps. Years after his retirement, and even to this day, fans marvel not only at his exploits on the diamond, but also at his extraordinary traits as an American.
The iconic New York Yankees star clutched this 36 inch, 35.5 ounce H&B Louisville Slugger bat during one of his finals seasons, as indicated by the 1950-60 center label dating period. The signature model bat matches factory records and has the signature model D29L on the knob. Medium use is shown on the bat in the form of light ball marks and the presence of surface and rack marks. The bat has earned a grade of A7 from MEARS constituting 5 points for matching factory records and 2 points for use (blue bat rack streaks on front of barrel and ball marks on left barrel). A fine example of a Dimaggio gamer with excellent display quality. LOA from MEARS (Grade A7).