Legendary Lumber

The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History

by Joe Orlando

with Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala
Contributions by John Molori
Foreword by Vince Malta & John Taube

What The Critics Are Saying

Legendary Lumber Makes Baseball Come Alive

This beautiful full-color coffee table book showcases the most desirable professional model bats in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who became famous for swinging the lumber.

Hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult feats in sports and the baseball bat is the instrument to accomplish this tough task. Whether it is a thin-handled weapon built for bat speed or a hefty war club crafted for durability, the bat is the baseball player’s most customized piece of equipment. For each player featured in the book, there is a narrative highlighting a significant offensive accomplishment along with the story about the bat itself. Readers learn about the interesting characteristics of each gamer along with specific player ordering habits, the distinct bat preparation and the relative scarcity of the gamers featured.

IPPY Award Winner, Gold Medal, 2018
Ben Franklin Award Winner, Silver Medal, 2018
SABR Ritter Award Nominee, 2018

Legendary Lumber Makes Baseball Come Alive

This beautiful full-color coffee table book showcases the most desirable professional model bats in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who became famous for swinging the lumber.

Hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult feats in sports and the baseball bat is the instrument to accomplish this tough task. Whether it is a thin-handled weapon built for bat speed or a hefty war club crafted for durability, the bat is the baseball player’s most customized piece of equipment. For each player featured in the book, there is a narrative highlighting a significant offensive accomplishment along with the story about the bat itself. Readers learn about the interesting characteristics of each gamer along with specific player ordering habits, the distinct bat preparation and the relative scarcity of the gamers featured.

IPPY Award Winner, Gold Medal, 2018
Ben Franklin Award Winner, Silver Medal, 2018
SABR Ritter Award Nominee, 2018

A Peek Inside The Book

Selected by highly regarded experts using criteria including historical importance, rarity, popularity of the player and bat, visual appeal, market value and more, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History features the most sought-after bats in the hobby. The book also includes a brief history of the baseball bat, and tips about collecting professional model bats.
The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the early days to the present—Nap Lajoie, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and the ultra-popular stars of the post-1980 period such as Cal Ripken, Jr., and Derek Jeter.

From stick magicians like Keeler to Suzuki and all of the greats in between, there is something here for everyone. Enjoy your journey through Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.

A Peek Inside The Book

Selected by highly regarded experts using criteria including historical importance, rarity, popularity of the player and bat, visual appeal, market value and more, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History features the most sought-after bats in the hobby. The book also includes a brief history of the baseball bat, and tips about collecting professional model bats.
The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the early days to the present—Nap Lajoie, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and the ultra-popular stars of the post-1980 period such as Cal Ripken, Jr., and Derek Jeter.

From stick magicians like Keeler to Suzuki and all of the greats in between, there is something here for everyone. Enjoy your journey through Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.

About The Authors
Joe Orlando

Joe Orlando

Author

Joe Orlando is the president and CEO of Collectors Universe, Inc., the parent company of Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA), the largest trading card and sports memorabilia authentication service in the hobby. Prior to taking on his new role, Orlando acted as the PSA president for 16 years. Editor of the nationally distributed Sports Market Report (SMR), a Juris Doctor, and an advanced collector, Orlando has authored several collecting guides and dozens of articles for Collectors Universe, Inc. Amongst other book projects, he authored Collecting Sports Legends, and he was the lead author of the award-winning Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History. Orlando contributed to The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection. As a hobby expert, Orlando has appeared as a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs, including ESPN’s Outside the Lines, HBO’s Real Sports, and the Fox Business Network.
Tom Zappala

Tom Zappala

Contributor

Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. He is co-author of The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection. In addition to co-hosting a popular Boston area radio talk show, Zappala co-hosts The Great American Collectibles Show with Red Sox Hall of Famer Rico Petrocelli, which airs nationally every week. As co-owner of ATS Communications, a multimedia and consulting company, he handles publicity and personal appearances for several authors and a variety of artists in the entertainment field. He enjoys collecting vintage baseball and boxing memorabilia, using the simple philosophy of collecting for the love of the sport. Proud of his Italian heritage, Zappala authored Bless Me Sister, a humorous book about his experience attending an Italian parochial school.
Ellen Zappala

Ellen Zappala

Contributor

Ellen Zappala is president of ATS Communications, a multimedia marketing and consulting company. Co-author of The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, An All-Star’s Cardboard Memories, and Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection, Zappala also worked with former welterweight boxing champ and Boxing Hall of Famer Tony DeMarco on his autobiography Nardo: Memoirs of a Boxing Champion. Zappala was publisher of a group of weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire for many years and served as president of the New England Press Association. She works closely with various publishing companies on behalf other authors and handles publicity in both print and electronic media. She especially enjoys bringing the stories of the Deadball Era and Golden Age players to life.
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