Household names? Hardly. But Dave May can make the claim as the player traded for Hank Aaron; and Tom Shopay was part of vaunted 1970s Orioles rosters for five seasons, despite never having logged more than 79 plate appearances in a single campaign. Respectively wielded by the unsung performers during their serviceable careers, these bats include:
Dave May 1975-1976 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “M110” (33.6-oz/35”) signature model weapon employed by May during his two-year tenure with the Braves. The white ash lumber exhibits evidence of outstanding game use, with ball, cleat, bat-rack and stitch marks throughout, as well as grain swelling about the hitting surface and a handle crack that has been secured by an adhesive agent. The handle is home to a heavy coat of pine tar, while May’s number “27” (worn only during his two seasons in Atlanta) is inscribed on the knob in black marker. Comes with a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.
Tom Shopay 1977 Signed Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “S275” (33.8-oz/35”) block-letter (last name only) model brandished by the perennial part-time player during his 1977 swan song in Baltimore. The uncracked war club shows heavy game use with ball, bat-rack and stitch marks throughout, as well as grain swelling and checking on the front barrel. Between the center brand and barrel stampings, Shopay’s black-marker autograph projects (“8”) strength and clarity. Shopay’s number “28” is inscribed on the Hornsby-style knob in black marker. Comes with a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA (for bat use only). During the ’77 season, Shopay hit his third and final career home run … perhaps with this bat!