Boggs’ use characteristics are fairly common
which makes his bats fun to examine. The three areas that are most
consistent are: pine tar application, barrel use, and knob markings.
Boggs was a definite pine tar user.
Typically Boggs bats will have a concentration of pine tar around
the center of the bat as well as lower on the handle. Similar
to Brett bats the concentration on the lower handle is frequently
lighter and occurs as a result of pine tar migrating from the
heavier application at the center of the bat. This pattern
appears fairly consistent beginning in the late 80s through the end
of his career. Based on a review of photos throughout his
career it appears that the applications of pine tar became
increasingly heavy later in his career. It should be noted that I have seen
some nice Boggs gamers that displayed only light pine tar as well as
slightly different application patterns particularly earlier in his
career so like all characteristics, pine tar application must be
considered in context.
Boggs’ was an incredible contact hitter.
Much like other great contact hitters (e.g. Gwynn) you should
typically see a very concentrated of contact/ball/seam marks in the
hitting area on Boggs bats. As a left handed hitter this
concentration comes on the left handed hitters side of the barrel
which is below the stamping on the end of the barrel.
Based on bats that I have owned and viewed,
Boggs seems to have been very consistent about marking the knobs of
his bats with his uniform number. Like many players, there is a
distinct style to certain numbers that can be seen. They style of
Boggs’ “2” seems to change over the course of his career. Earlier
in his career, the “2” in his uniform number was smaller and
sometimes looped at the end. Later is career, the “2” took on a
much different shape and almost looks like an upside down “5” in