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Ted Williams 1955-1960 Boston Red Sox Team Index Bat - MEARS A6

Lot Number 256

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While a World Series title became more and more elusive as Ted Williams’ remarkable career unfolded, other achievements continued to come with stunning regularity. Among Williams’ late career feats were back-to-back batting titles in 1957 and 1958 (the latter crown coming at the age of 40). The offered Hillerich & Bradsby “W183” (34.3-oz/34”) signature model bat was ordered by the BoSox and very likely used by Williams during the late-1950s. The high-grade white ash weapon shows heavy use with ball and stitch marks about the barrel, checking on the hitting surface and a 12” H-shaped handle crack that has been secured by vintage batboy nails. Factory records indicate that Williams first ordered the “W183” model in 1955 and continued to do so through his 1960 swan song. Though Williams’ “W183” orders were all for 35” bats, the Red Sox ordered “W183” Ted Williams signature model bats with no length specified. This bat is likely from one of those orders. The 34.3-oz weight is consistent with Williams gamers from that era, and another telltale signed is the vintage black marker notation of “9” on the knob. Graded A6 by MEARS. Full photo LOA from MEARS.

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