His services secured by the Baltimore Orioles despite a scouting report that determined he “couldn’t hit, couldn’t run and couldn’t throw,” Arkansas native Brooks Robinson became the absolute pillar of a franchise making a transformation from its much-maligned tenure as the St. Louis Browns to perhaps the most fundamentally sound club in baseball history. Graded GU 9.5 by PSA/DNA, this Hillerich & Bradsby (32.7-oz/34-1/2”) “S100” signature model bat was brandished and signed by the Memorial Stadium icon during the definitive portion of his Hall of Fame career. As Robinson annually garnered MVP consideration and Gold Glove plaudits, his Orioles reeled off an aggregate 318 triumphs between 1969 and 1971, a three-year record among American League teams. Turned during the 1969-1972 labeling period, the offered white ash weapon exhibits heavy use with ball, bat-rack, cleat and stitch marks throughout, as well as pine-tar residue on the handle and a black marker notation of the since-retired number “5” (with “brackets”) on the knob. Just below the prominent barrel stampings, Robinson’s black marker autograph projects (“9-10”) potency. Uncracked, this lumber was wielded during the peak of a tradition-rich franchise’s fortunes by undoubtedly that club’s most revered player. Full photo LOAs from John Taube, PSA/DNA (for bat use) and JSA (for autograph).
Note: the “brackets” referred to in the catalog description are vertical lines flanking the “5” on the knob. These are distinctive markings which are logged in the PSA/DNA database for three separate game-used Brooks Robinson bats.