The bat measures 36 inches and weighs 40.2 ounces, both of which perfectly match Babe Ruths personal H&B ordering records for the era. Per Ruths ordering records from 1922-30, his preferred bat was 35-36 inches and weighed approximately 40 ounces. This bat is truly Ruthian given the length and weight. This bat is a 40k with kork grip handle.There is one factory record of Ruth ordering kork grip bats, in 1923 (typo in Mears letter regarding this; in the Mears letter it states the order was placed in 1921). There is no claim that this bat was from this order.
Factory records are incomplete for this era (they are missing altogether for 1924) and more 40k cork grip bat orders may have been placed by Ruth, and/or by the team. Use of this bat by Ruth cannot be confirmed. The bat is accompanied by a MEARS Letter of Authenticity grading the bat an A 5 overall. It was given a base grade of 5 with 3 points added for use characteristics and had 1 point each deducted for missing handle kork, deadwood on reverse and divots. At present, the bat has no restoration whatsoever.
Picture of Ruth holding bat is for display purposes ONLY. This is to show Ruth during the 1923 Opening Day was holding a kork grip bat.If you would like a quicker service, please let us know. Any grades we may assign to cards/memorabilia are strictly opinion and for hypothetical purposes. The item "Babe Ruth Professional Model Cork Grip Game Used Bat" is in sale since Saturday, November 19, 2016.
This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\Baseball-MLB\Bats". The seller is "hyperion_products_inc" and is located in Santa Clarita, California. This item can be shipped to United States.