A fixture on perennial contenders through the bulk of his 18-year playing career, Joe Torre repeatedly basked in the All-Star spotlight. This bat was issued to Torre as he represented the National League in the 1973 Mid-Summer Classic and was autographed by (32) members of the victorious Senior Circuit squad. The Hillerich & Bradsby (35.2-oz/35”) “U1” block-letter model is signed throughout the barrel in black marker. The scriptings average (“7-8”) strength with keys including: Aaron, Anderson (manager), Bench, Mays (in his record 24th and final All-Star game), Morgan, Rose, Santo, Seaver, Stargell, Sutton, Torre and B. Williams. Full photo LOA from JSA (for signatures). This item has a reserve (estimated value $1000-$2000). More on our website.
Additional signatures include: Billingham, Bo. Bonds, Brewer, Cedeno, Colbert, W. Davis, Evans, Fairly, Giusti, D. Johnson, Mauch (coach), Mota, Osteen, Russell, Simmons, Speier, Twitchell, Virdon (coach) Watson and Wise.
The uncracked white ash weapon features a flare knob and shows no use. Thus, Torre was either issued an additional bat or used a teammate’s bat, as he batted three times and put the ball in play each time. The barrel of this particular bat shows no ball or surface marks of any kind. The handle, meanwhile, is home to scoring and what appear to be faint bat-rack marks, indicators that this weapon was on hand and ready for use that night in the Royals Stadium dugout. While Torre never experienced the postseason during his lengthy playing career (although his name became synonymous with October during the latter portion of his managerial run), he did make nine All-Star Game appearances, with the 1973 exhibition being his last. Additionally, not only was it Willie Mays' final AS game, it was also HOF Ron Santo's final AS game. Also, this game came just 2 days after Aaron clubbed his 700th HR -- joining Ruth as the only other player up in this rarefied air. At the time, this career HR chase was captivating all of baseball and "the count down" was on to see if/when he'd become the all time champ.
Also included is a LOA from Kevin Keating.