1971-1972 Mickey Mantle Coach’s Bat 
Lot Number 956
 
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Description

Presented is a circa-1971-1972 Mickey Mantle coach’s bat. This Louisville Slugger K55 model has dimensions of 35oz./35” and shows significant usage, including a 2” chip to the left of the slugger’s name on the barrel. The knob bares Mantle’s uniform number #7 in black sharpie, and the handle reveals moderate pine tar residue. The front and back portions of the barrel display varying degrees of ball markings. According to Louisville Slugger ordering records, Mantle did not order the K55 34oz./35” model after the 1960 season as a player. Post-career ordering records indicate that Mantle ordered only four K55 37oz./35” bats during the 1971 season while he was a roving instructor in the New York Yankees system. The discrepancy in the bat’s weight is explained by the 2-inch chip and 36 years of moisture loss, resulting in a weight reduction. While it is not certain whether Mantle himself, or other instructors, used this bat, with only four ordered, there is a good possibility that “The Mick” once wielded this stick. 
 
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