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Not only a great Mantle bat -- always a collector's object of attention -- but a great Mantle bat with a great story behind it. The Adirondack 206A was used by the Mick in the '50s -- at least until it ran afoul of an stern umpire named Ed Hurley. One look at the stick reveals why: the barrel is pockmarked by a grid of perforations, an area thick enough to cover the sweet spot on a switch-hitter's swings from either side of the plate. Apparently Mantle believed the waffle-iron effect would provide more traction, and harder contact. But when he took it into the batter's box Hurley took one look and threw it out of the game. The upshot of the story is that Hurley, who umpired in the AL from 1947 to 1965, wound up obtaining the bat. Could there be any better story attached to a Mantle bat? We can't think of one. Evidently Mantle was able to sneak the bat into other games, as there is some clear use and a few light cracks on it. Comes with LOA from Hurley.
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