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It was a conversation that we had with former Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Ted Patterson three or four years ago, when we asked him the simple question: "Who was your favorite player?  Who was the nicest guy?"

Ted thought for a second, and responded "You wouldn't believe it if I told you."

"Who?" we asked.

"Well," he said, "I don't count Brooks Robinson, who is my friend.  I don't count Bob Feller, either.  But besides those two guys?  Reggie Jackson."

Ted then played a tape of an interview Jackson gave Patterson during his final trip through Baltimore in 1987, as the great outfielder made his final pass through the American League, the ending of a stellar career that yielded the legendary nickname "Mr. October" for his clutch postseason performances. The tape was professional and complimentary, as the broadcaster and the slugger exhanged goodbyes and appreciation for one another's careers.  Reggie carefully salted his remarks with tounge-in-cheek insults and profanity so that Ted could not use the tape for broadcast.

"I realized later that he was cursing up a storm so that I couldn't edit it for broadcast.  The message was just for me," Patterson explained.

It was three years later, as we were going through Patterson's bat collection and preparing it for auction, that we discovered this bat.  An outstanding Rawlings Adirondack bat dating to 1987 according to manufacturer's ordering records, the bat is fairly well pounded, with a handle crack and many ball marks, stitch impressions, blue ink transfers and white scuffs.  Reggie's number 44 is written on the barrel.  Written on the back barrel, along with Jackson's signature, is "To Ted - A Sports Journalist I've Engaged 9/6/87."

Though he didn't play, Reggie Jackson's final game in Baltimore was September 6, 1987.  His final at bat in Baltimore was the previous day, a pinch hit strikeout in the top of the 7th inning.  

An outstanding bat from an important Hall of Famer, one of the greatest players of his era and Ted Patterson's favorite, graded GU 9 by John Taube of PSA/DNA, LOA on the autograph from James Spence Authentication.

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Reggie Jackson (HOF) 1987 Oakland A's Game-Used & Signed Adirondack Bat (PSA/DNA GU 9 & JSA)
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