Their similarities both striking and eerie, Hall of Famers Tony Lazzeri and Lou Gehrig share more than just the common bond of New York Yankees and “Murderers Row” brotherhood. Both were born in 1903, both died at a young age during the 1940s and both “experimented” with “Hanna Batrite” white ash weaponry. The latter is evidenced by this (36.7-oz/35”) “TA 65 Georgia Driver” block-letter (last name only) model brandished by Lazzeri during the 1930-1934 labeling period. Graded GU 6 by PSA/DNA, the uncracked weapon shows heavy use with ball marks about the barrel, wear along the Hornsby-style knob and light pine-tar residue on the handle’s upper portion. The chiropteran-themed center brand is as prominent as any you’ll behold on Batrite gamers. Full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA. More on our website.
It was during the above-mentioned labeling period that Gehrig, too, employed Hanna Batrite weapons. Gehrig did so for two seasons, claiming that unlike bats of other manufacturer’s those manufactured by Hanna were not prone to “checking” (grain swelling from repeated ball contact). The Hornsby-style knob, incidentally, was also a feature found on virtually all of Gehrig’s bats.