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Bill Dickey game-used bats are incredibly rare, and this is one of the finest examples ever to be offered. The Hall of Fame catcher played his entire 17-year career with the New York Yankees, winning eight World Series (and then another six as coach). In 1941, when Dickey used this Hillerich & Bradsby model C117, he established an Iron Man record of sorts, catching at least 100 games for a 13th consecutive season. The wily veteran also led all American League backstops with a .994 fielding percentage and paced the circuit in double plays. At the plate that season, Dickey batted .273 and drove in 71 runs as the Yankees beat the cross-town Brooklyn Dodgers for their ninth World Series crown, and fifth in six seasons. This spectacular piece of lumber measures 35", weighs 35.8 oz and is distinguished by two tape rings on the handle, which is well-documented by Dickey himself. The handle was cracked and repaired and the whole bat shows great use, including several ball marks and ball stitch marks on the entire barrel. There are also green bat rack marks visible on the left barrel and handle. A lifetime .313 hitter, Dickey is one of two catchers who wore #8 for the Yankees as that is an unusually twice-retired number in franchise history.
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