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Debuting on June 15, 1923, Gehrig was used sparingly during the 1923 and 1924 seasons, but was impressive, nonetheless. In aggregate 38 at-bats over those two seasons, Gehrig posted an alarming .447 average with his first career round-tripper mixed into 17 hits. His name penciled into the lineup regularly beginning in 1925—for every game for the next 15 years—Gehrig remained a quiet fixture. His bat, however, spoke volumes. In typical fashion, Ruth was all the rage in 1927. The primary gate attraction (at every American League venue), the Bambino reached the unthinkable mile post of 60 home runs. As remarkable as Ruth's circuit clout monopoly was, Gehrig's numbers were even better. To this day, only the baseball writers of that era (who named Gehrig the 1927 MVP) seem to have grasped what kind of season Gehrig had—cast in Ruth's sizable shadow. To wit: 47 home runs, 20 triples, 52 doubles, 218 hits, 175 RBI and a .373 batting average are perhaps the most impressive single-season totals ever. In 1930, "The Iron Horse" began yet another run that should go forever unchallenged: 509 RBI over a three-year span. (Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg had three-year totals of 507 and 503, respectively—but even then, not successively).
Gripped in Lou's mighty hands, the offered 35 inch weapon was employed as he wreaked havoc (albeit as Ruth's "straight man") on American League pitchers during the early portion of a remarkable run. Attributes of the centerbrand date this example between 1925 and 1928. The rich, brown patina is accented by a pronounced centerbrand and well-defined barrel stampings. Of note the "Trademark" barrel stamping appears below Gehrig's large signature as opposed to above which is typical of bats from this period. The surface has an alluring quality: a smoothness interrupted only by scattered cleat marks that were placed as Gehrig loomed in the on-deck circle. The high-grade ash treasure shows heavy game use, with stitch marks found throughout the barrel's surface and an area of raised grain above the facsimile barrel stampings. This bat was turned in an era when ordering records showed his bats weighed in at 36 ounces or more. Although this 31.4 ounce example is within acceptable ranges (bats have found to have been shipped lighter or lost as much as 5 ounces in ensuing years) it is admittedly lighter than what is typically found. Lathe marks on the early Hornsby-style knob are attractive details, as well. The only modification to the bat was a professionally repaired handle crack. Graded A-7 by MEARS.
Lou Gehrig 1925-1928 Hillerich & Bradbsy Game Used Bat
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