1971 Frank Robinson 500th Home Run Game Used Bat (PSA 10)
Among the more lofty lists of baseball greats, only 27 players in the game's majestic history can lay claim to being on the 500 Home Run list, starting with Babe Ruth in 1929. A Baltimore Orioles twin-bill against the Detroit Tigers on September 17, 1971, provided the setting as Frank Robinson crashed #499 in the opener before joining the club in the nightcap. This very bat was used to set that standard, and has been graded a perfect 10 by PSA. Measuring 35" and 34.4 ounces, this H&B model R161M, is uncracked and shows nice use with ball marks, light pine tar, and paint transfers from the bat rack, with "20" in marker on the knob end along with "35" for the original weight of the bat. It was signed by Robinson on the barrel in vintage marker and also re-signed in 1990, "Homerun #500 9/13/71." The bat originates from Tom Donoghue, who was the Detroit Tigers team photographer and received the bat in the clubhouse after taking photos of Robinson after the 500th homer game. Comes with a letter from Donoghue also. In addition, the bat also comes with a written statement from Frank Robinson confirming that this is the bat with which he hit his 500th home run, and that he gave it to Donoghue. As further proof of provenance, this bat was confirmed to have been ordered by Robinson two weeks before the 500th homer, adding to its authenticity. This offering has it all - an incredibly important bat from a major milestone by a Hall of Famer.
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