Extraordinary Ken Williams 1925 Game Used Side Written Baseball Bat PSA DNA COA
During a fourteen-year stretch from 1918 to 1931, Babe Ruth was almost exclusively without peer in regard to home runs. Capturing 12 of the 14 round-tripper titles (almost always by sizable margins) during that span, Ruth failed to pace the circuit only in 1922 and 1925. The offered Hillerich & Bradsby bat was employed during that latter season by Ken Williams, the only man to equal or surpass Ruth twice during that legendary longball run. The outright league leader in 1922, Williams was aided in his achievement as Ruth was suspended nearly two months for barnstorming infractions. In 1925, with the offered white ash weapon in his arsenal, Williams hit 25 circuit clouts to match Ruth's runner-up total. Not the archetypal war club of Ruthian dimensions, this (36oz/31-1/2) example got the job done, nonetheless. The dark brown patina is accented by a well-defined center brand and Williams' facsimile signature. Heavy use is evident in the form of a plethora of ball marks throughout, checking about the hitting surface and a crack of just under 14 inches that extends upwards from the handle. Sporting a Hornsby-style knob, the bat has a grease pencil notation of 8-18-25 on the barrel. Executed by H&B fixture Henry Morrow, this side writing is an indicator that the player wanted additional examples. Williams was known to employ shorter bats and PSA/DNA has authenticated a previous Williams model with knob and barrel dimensions identical to this lumber. Accompanying is an LOA (cert #I02054) from John Taube PSA/DNA.