Classic October 2008
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A starter-turned-closer who pitched for nine different teams, fireballer Rich "Goose" Gossage basked in the white-hot Bronx spotlight, propelled San Diego to its first-ever World Series, and successfully protected the lead in 310 contests during his career of 22 seasons. Offered here is a Louisville Slugger "Y30" block-letter (last name only) bat employed (albeit sparingly) and signed by Gossage during the middle portion of his big league career. This 34", 29-oz. white ash example was turned during the 1986-1989 labeling period—a span during which "Goose" played for four different teams (San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, and New York Yankees). Making his final thirteen plate appearances during the above-mentioned time frame, Gossage wielded this weapon, whose moderate use is evident in the form of ball, bat-rack, and surface marks throughout, as well as grain swelling on the hitting surface, light pine-tar residue on the handle, and an H-shaped handle crack of just over two inches. Between the centerbrand and barrel stampings, Gossage's blue Sharpie signature projects "9-10" strength. In black marker, "54" is inscribed on the cupped barrel ending, while the "Y30" model number has been penned on both the knob and cupped end. Graded GU-6 by John Taube. LOA from John Taube/PSA DNA and Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA.
Goose Gossage 1986-1989 Louisville Slugger Signed Game Used Bat
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