● This bat was used by legendary Pirates slugger Roberto Clemente during the 1965-1968 period - some of Clemente’s greatest seasons.
● Comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B08555) for the game use and has been given a very high grade of GU 9, on a scale of one to ten. Nine is one that exhibits very similar qualities to a PSA/DNA GU 10 bat.
● During those four years, Puerto Rico’s greatest ballplayer won two batting titles (1965 and 1967), an MVP Award (1966), recorded his greatest offensive season (1967) and won the Golden Glove every year.
●This offered Hillerich & Bradsby U1 model bat measures 36 inches in length and weighs in at 35.4 ounces.
●As Goldin Auctions describes, "the bat is un-cracked and shows heavy use by Clemente. There is very light checking from repeated ball contact on the back barrel and the right, left and back barrel is covered with ball marks and stitch impressions. The bat displays green bat rack paint streaks, recalling the great ballparks of Clemente’s era: Forbes Field, Shibe Park, Crosley Field.
●"Clemente’s beautiful script signature is stamped into the barrel and it, along with the H&B center brand remain strong and clear on the bat’s golden ash surface. A light coat of pine tar is still present on the bat’s handle and the knob features Clemente’s famous number “21” handwritten in marker atop the stamped factory model number U1."
● This bat last sold for $24,000 at Goldin Auctions.