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Presented is a Mickey Mantle game-used Louisville Slugger 125 baseball bat. This bat comes directly from the collection of 1962-63 Minnesota Twins visiting club bat-boy Erik Erikstrup. In the 1950's bat boys did not travel with their teams and the duties were handled by a bat boy from the home club. According to Erikstrup, the bat was broken during the July 6, 1962 New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins game. In front of a crowd of 40,944 people the Yankees beat the Twins 7 to 5 in an epic two home run game for the Mantle! Erikstrup recalls he was in the Yankees dugout when Mantle broke his bat at the plate. The umpire picked up the barrel and tossed it in his direction. The young bat-boy, grabbed the piece of lumber and placed it in the corner of the dugout next to the bat-rack. At the end of the game he tried to return the broken bat to the Yankees, but was told to keep it. This could be the exact bat that Mickey Mantle used to hit two home runs that night in Minnesota on his way to another MVP season. The bat was graded GU 4, because the handle is not present. While many times a collector may not thrilled with a GU 4 grade, in this case it is a great grade considering most barrel only submissions refused any GU grade. Coupled with the LOA from the bat boy, we are confident calling the bat game used by Mickey Mantle. Authentication by PSA/DNA & Erikstrup LOA
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