Spring Fever Auction
Ty Cline is a former Major League baseball player, primarily a reserve outfielder and pinch-hitter for the Cleveland Indians (1960–62), Milwaukee Braves (1963–65), Chicago Cubs (1966), Atlanta Braves (1966–67), San Francisco Giants (1967–68), Montreal Expos (1969–70) and Cincinnati Reds (1970–71).
He was instrumental in helping the Reds defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates to win the 1970 National League pennant, tripling and scoring the winning run in the 10th inning of the first game of the National League Championship Series, and scoring the game-winning and pennant-clinching run after an eighth-inning walk in game three.
In the 1970 World Series versus the Baltimore Orioles, Cline recorded one hit, a single, in three appearances; his lone safety coming against veteran reliever Moe Drabowsky in the seventh inning of game two.
Cline played for Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference for three seasons, leaving in 1960 after his junior year to sign a professional baseball contract with the Cleveland Indians. He attained All-American status during his college career, during which he played both the outfield and was a starting pitcher. An account of Cline's time as center fielder with the Indians is included in the book "Portrait of a Franchise: An Intimate Look at Cleveland Indians Baseball During the Rockin' Sixties."
Featured in this lot if a game used bat worthy of Cooperstown. This Lousville Slugger shows appropriate aging which is significant for its time frame. Cline's fascimile signature is etched into the bat towards the top above the words LOUSIVILLE SLUGGER. Additional markings include the traditinal Louisville Slugger oval logo, as well as "MADE IN USA", and the traditional "powerized" insignia right by the bats sweet spot.
This bat show excellent use increasing its value, including a crack. This bat is authenticated by PSA/DNA and is sure to become a solid investment for its next owner as time goes by.
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