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Ted Williams once said: "they invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays." And no player participated in more Midsummer Classics than the "Say Hey Kid" with his 24 appearances. Perhaps the finest five-tool player ever to grace a baseball diamond, Willie Mays once swung this sensational Hillerich and Bradsby model S2 bat with the rare "W. MAYS" stamped in block letters on the barrel. The bat is 35" long and weighs 33.1 ounces. It shows heavy use with numerous ball marks and stitch impressions all over the barrel as well as cleat marks on the back barrel. The handle is cracked, with the crack once having been held in place with tape that has since been removed. There's a small chip in that crack, as well. The S2 model number is stamped into the knob. Comes with a letter from the original owner - Jack Russ - who got it directly from Mays, and also a PSA LOA grading a 9 out of 10. 1950s Mays bats are very tough, especially 1957 or prior while playing in New York and this is one of the best out there, dating to the period of 1954-56. Mays began and ended his brilliant career in New York City, playing his first six big-league seasons with the New York Giants and final year-and-a-half with the Mets, helping lead them to their second pennant in 1973 prior to calling it quits.
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