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This beautiful full-color coffee table format publication entitled Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History 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.
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.