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Clark Griffith was a major league pitcher, player, manager and team owner who played for and managed the New York Highlanders (Yankees) from 1903-1908 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946 as a player. This Louisville Slugger game used bat was used by Griffith during his tenure with the Highlanders, and is the earliest known bat attributed to a member of the New York Yankees. It is also the earliest know H&B bat bearing a player's name that has been attributed to a baseball Hall of Famer. The bat measures 34 1/2" in length and weighs 36.75 oz. It shows heavy use and deeply embedded stitch marks, and has an 8" crack in the handle. There is dead wood on the front and back of the barrel. Griffith's last name is stamped on the back of the barrel, as well as on the end of the barrel and on the knob, which is chipped and shows two flat spots. The bat has nails on both the front and back of the barrel; these were applied during the time when Griffith was still using the bat in an attempt to extend its useful life. It has been surmised by our authenticators that this may actually have been the only bat used by Clark Griffith during his playing career. In any event, the bat shows heavy game use, indicating that it was used over the course of several seasons. This is indeed a rare piece that will be a welcome addition to the most discerning of collections. The bat has been graded A9.5 and comes with an LOA.
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