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One of the game's elite hitters and member of the 500 home run club, Jimmie Foxx remains one of the game's most popular and widely-collected players, 70 years after his retirement.  Foxx bats are among the toughest of his era; according to PSA Bat Facts "Double X's" clubs are the toughest of all the 500 home run club members.  

This example, a 1928-29 era Hanna Batrite, has been graded GU 5 by PSA/DNA.  The bat itself exhibits many characteristics of a pro model Hanna bat, including the "TA" designation for "Tempered Ash" (the company's highest-quality wood), and the bat's length (36 inches) and weight (35.2 ounces).  As noted by John Taube of PSA/DNA, the bat exhibits evidence of heavy use, with many cleat impressions and a handle crack that has been repaired with nails.  At some point, a layer of tape wrapped the handle as well, though that tape has clearly been removed at some point.  Additionally, the bat knob is abnormally large, in our opinion something that would be manufactured specifically to order, and not something one would find in a retail bat.

Absent of any provenance, however, one must look to the bat itself to provide evidence of being a pro model bat.  As we have seen with the Lou Gehrig and Tris Speaker bats we have offered in our past two auctions, it is the weight stamped into the knob that has provided the most clear evidence of being a pro model bat.  Absent that weight stamp, it becomes more difficult to confirm player use.  As such, while PSA/DNA feels that the bat exhibits heavy use and possesses identifiable use characteristics, the grade they must assign is PSA/DNA GU 5.  We have, however, discovered pictures of the 1929 Athletics dugout with the bat tray laid at the top of the dugout steps, with Hanna Batrite bats clearly visible - definitive proof that Batrite bats were used by at least one member of the team.

In 1928, Foxx began coming into his own as a player, hitting .328 in 400 at bats, with 13 home runs.  The following season, The Beast hit .354 with 33 home runs and 118 RBI, quickly becoming one of the greatest offensive powerhouses in the American League.  During these seasons, Foxx's Professional Bat Ordering Record with Hillerich & Bradsby was very sparse, with just one order of 37 oz bats in February of 1928, and two orders of 38 oz bats in February of 1929.  This lighter bat may well have been used by Foxx later in either season, as the rigors of the lengthy baseball year wore him down.

Hanna bats are beautifully designed, with attractive and interesting branding, manufactured for many of the greatest players of the late 1920s and 30s.  This specimen was, in our opinion, used by one of the most potent offensive weapons in the American League at the beginning of his career, as an up-and-coming power hitting utilityman with Connie Mack's Athletics.  Full LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA.

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Rare 1928-29 Jimmie Foxx Game-Used Hanna Batrite Bat (PSA/DNA)
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Auction closed on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
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