1973-75 Johnny benish


If were are to believe the clearly vintage handwritten text applied to the tape wrapped around the barrel of this Hillerich & Bradsby signature model B278 "Cracked by Johnny Bench in the game of 8-19-74, 1st inning," a plate appearance that saw the Hall of Fame catcher drive home Pete Rose to score the first of fifteen runs in an absolute obliteration of the visiting Philadelphia Phillies at Riverfront Stadium. That RBI would add to an eventual National League-leading tally of 129 and a fourth-place finish in MVP balloting. The crack on the back barrel is fairly light, enough to end the bat's service but nothing that harms aesthetics. Excellent game use appears in the form of ball marks, stitch impressions, cleat marks, two colors of rack streaks, and plenty of pine tar on the handle. Length is just over thirty-five inches (35.25"), weight just over thirty-one ounces (31.3 oz.). Number "5" appears in vintage marker on the knob and barrel end. A marvelous specimen from the calm before two seasons of Big Red Machine championship storms. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5.

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