Aaron Judge’s Bat | Rookie Bombs

Few hitters have entered the big league scene any better than the New York Yankee Aaron Judge. The guy flat out rakes as a rookie and currently holds the record for most home runs as a Yankee Rookie. Here we document Aaron Judge’s bat. And, assuming he changes every so often, we will update this page.

aaron Judge's Bat

 * Brand Length Weight Model Number Years
Aaron Judge Chandler 35 33 AJ44 2017
Aaron Judge Tucci 35 33 i13 2017
Aaron Judge Marucci 34 32 Pre-MLB

Aaron Judge’s Bat Model, Construction, Weight & Length

Aaron Judge's Bat

In his young career Aaron Judge has been pictured swinging three different bats. The first, and the more common, is the AJ44 from Chandler. This is a monster sized bat for a monsters sized human.

Second, earlier in his rookie season, he was seen using a 35 inch Tucci lumber bat. This was shaped like an i13 turn. Also, in his minor league days there are more than a few images of him floating around using a Marucci bat. It appears that when he made the switch to the bigs is about the time he made the switch to Tucci and Chandler.

Aaron Judge’s Bat Sources

Aaron Judge's Bat

If you are looking for information on real Aaron Judge game used bat information then the best place to look is Steiner Sports. Steiner, as in the name that owns the Yankees, also sells the used memorabilia of Yankee players. And, seeing that Judge is a Yankee player, the most accurate information will be found there.

Chandler Bat Overview

Aaron Judge's Bat

Chandler is a niche bat company that focuses on top end bats for MLB players. They do have some lines available for the public as well as some trainers and other gadget. The big gulp you’ll take from their site is the pricing. These bats are made impeccably, no doubt about it, but a $195 price point is hard to swallow for a bat that might break. And even less affordable if you are not under contract to hit bombs for several millions of dollars a year.

As if Aaron Judge every paid, or ever will pay, a dollar for a bat…

Barry Bonds’ Bat | From Slugger to Sam to Immortality

For much of his career, Barry Bonds used the Sam Bat’s pure maple bat. The bat is model number Sam Bat 2K1 and Barry had it tuned to the size of 34 inches and a weight of 31.6 ounces. Barry Bonds’ bat stands at a significant tipping point from the ash wood bat market to the now famous hard maple bats. In particular, maple bats made by Sam Bats grace the plates in the hands of some of the best in the business, including Stanton. They also rank on several best wood bats lists.

Barry Bonds' Bat

 * Brand Length Weight Model Number Years
Barry Bonds Sam Bats 34 31.6 2K1 1997 – 2007
Barry Bonds Louisville Slugger 33.75 33.2 H238, P72 1986 – 1996
*Bonds would sometimes use different bats and different bat brands than the ones listed above. Especially in the 1986 to 1996 era. Once he found Sam Bats and fell in love with the 2K1, it is hard to say if he ever used anything else in game.

Barry Bonds’ Bat Model, Construction, Weight & Length

Barry Bonds' Bat

Barry bonds predominantly used two different bat brands throughout his career. The most famous was the Sam Bat 2K1. Its length was 34 inches and it weighed 31.6 ounces. He used these bats almost exclusively from 1997 until his retirement in 2007.

The previous 8 years he was seen swinging the H238 from Louisville Slugger. Some of these 33.75 inch long, 33.2 ounces bats have been found at auction. There are also at least some existing game used bats of the P72 model also from Slugger, but the P72 is considered the exception in his pre-1997 years.

Barry Bonds’ Slugger Bat History

Barry Bonds' Bat

Many of Barry Bonds’ bats have been tracked down and are held in private collections. Many of those have also been identified at certain at bats. Take the above pictured H238 from Slugger in 1993. Barry swung this bat to hit career home run 185 on May 15, 1993.  This bat has been photo matched to this particular home run.

Sam Bat Overview

Barry Bonds' Bat

Sam Bat is a Canadian based company that makes only maple bats. They were, in all reality, the bat company that changed the name of the wood bat game that was heretofore dominated by Louisville Slugger’s ash bat.

We review this topic at length in another post. Here, for the sake of brevity, we simply point out how fundamentally different the wood bat game is due, in large measure, to Barry Bonds’ use of the Sam Bat in the late 1990’s. This opened the flood gates.

Barry Bonds’ Bat Sources

Barry Bonds' Bat

There are dozens of great resources on Barry Bonds’ Bats. A simple Google search should get you on the right track. We feel like we read every one of them for this post.

Bo Jackson’s Bat | Breaks, Bombs and a Cooper

Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies: Cooper and Louisville Slugger. From the sizes we could track down, the length was no greater than 34.5 inches and weighed no more than 33 ounces. Below are the details we have compiled about Bo Jackson’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger  Ash S44
Louisville Slugger  Ash B310
Cooper 34.5 32.3  Ash C271 1994
Louisville Slugger  Ash D162 1986
Cooper 34 33  Ash J93
Louisville Slugger  Ash B016L
Louisville Slugger Ash J93 1989
Louisville Slugger 34  Ash R206 1986

Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies.

Bo Jackson's Bat

Bo Jackson Bat Model

Bo Jackson's Bat

Bo changed his bat model often. During his 8 year career, we found he used at least 9 different bats. Most pictures and game used paraphernalia show him using Slugger’s B310 Model. The B, most likely, stood for Bo. The 310 is a cross between a few bats—the most similar bat seems to be the S318, which you can buy.

We also know that in the 1989 All-Star game he used a Slugger J93, the same J93 that both Barry Bonds and Derek Jeter used around that time.

When Bo played his year with the Angels it appears he used the Cooper brand of bats. Cooper, at the time, made a serious run at Louisville Slugger as the top bat brand in the MLB, at one point garnering almost 30% of the market. We can confirm Bo used the C271 and J93 from Cooper during that time.

Bo Jacksons Bat Size: Weight & Length

Bo Jackson's Bat

Information on Bo’s bat weight and length are not readily available. We did track down a few sizes on his Cooper bat toward the end of his career which came in at 34.5 inches and 32.3 ounces. Slugger bats were only found in 34 inches. The weight, we can only guess, was 31 to 32 ounces.

Bo Jackson’s Bat History

Bo Jackson's Bat

Some particular bats of Jackson’s have been identified in specific at bats. For example, Bo Jackson’s 1989 All-Star game bat—where he led off with a home run—has been verified. MLB Game Used Bats instagram account points out how the oversized LOUISVILLE brand on the bats was impetus for the Major League to ban bat branding in the 1990 season.

A few other signed, game used Cooper brand bats of Bo Jackson’s have gone up for auction, the highest fetching close to $5,000. (We suspect the 1989 All-Star Game Bat would get even more).

Pete Rose’s Bat

We have searched far and wide for information on the type of bats Pete Rose used during his career. We spent time perusing auction houses deep in the internet, as well as eBay auctions. As well, we even exchanged emails with a collector of Pete Rose bats. All of that research is found below in a conglomeration of information on Pete Rose’s bat.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger 33.5  Ash S222 1974
Louisville Slugger  35, 36  33.7*  Ash S2  1965 – 1968
Mizuno  34 30.3 Ash PR 4192**  1985
Adirondack 35 36.6  Ash 69A 1975

*Rose mentioned in one letter of authenticity that the 33.7 was his preferred bat weight.
**4192 was the model number Mizuno put on each bat, in reference to Ty Cobb’s 4192 hits record which Rose was chasing. After Rose broke the record, it was changed to read ATHL (All-Time Hit Leader).

Pete Rose's Bat

Pete Rose Bat Models

Pete Rose's Bat

While any given at bat might find Rose with any particular bat found in the dugout, Pete Rose generally used three brands of bats in his career. In his first years, the S2 from Slugger was his preference. Within the decade, a signature series was created for Rose using the S222. From there, the Rawlings Adirondack, which players like Ripken also used, became Rose’s bat of choice.

Pete would end his career, and break Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record, with the Japanese Mizuno. This typically all black stick had two different model numbers in its lifetime. Before the record was broken, the label PR 4192 was stamped on the bat. This was in reference to the hit record Rose was chasing. After he passed Cobb, the model stamp was changed to ATHL or, as is commonly understood, All-Time Hit Leader.

Pete Rose Bat Specs

Pete Rose's Bat

Rose not only used several different models in his career, but the bat weights and lengths also varied noticeably. In a letter verifying one of his Adirondack bats during the 1975 season, Rose mentions his preferred bat weight was 33.7 ounces. However, a measurement of his game used bats show his early days upwards of 36 ounces. By the end, some of his Mizuno bats weigh as light as 30.3 ounces.

Regardless of what they weigh now, it is hard to not simply take the hitter’s word for it. He preferred the 33.7 ounce bat in a 35 inch length.

Pete Rose Bat History

Pete Rose's Bat

With a significant number of game used bats available on the market from Pete Rose, there come with that a number of historical contextual stories. One Adirondack bat was given to a boy in the stands after a Reds Cardinals series in 1975. Rose would see that exact bat 20 years later and remember its markings.

Several other Pete Rose bats on the market today have been found, by x-ray, to be corked. These bats sell at a premium now and speak to the lack of regulation in the pre 1985 Major Leagues.

Cal Ripken’s Bat | Slugger & Adirondack in a 34 ounce

Like most players of his era, Cal Ripken swung a number of different bats in his career. Most pictures show him using Louisville Slugger’s P72—a very popular bat which is now retired in Derek Jeter’s Bat name.

Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Louisville Slugger 34 7/8 34.3  Ash M159  1981
Rawlings  Ash Adirondack
Louisville Slugger  35 34 Ash S188
Louisville Slugger 34  34.1  Ash P72 1989

Cal Ripken's Bat

You can search for some of his game used bat on eBay with a string like this. They range in the $2,000’s.

Cal Ripken Bat Sizes: Weight and Length

Cal Ripken's Bat

Cal Ripken’s bat size was the largest we’ve yet to find. In fact, if we understand the rules correctly, Ripken’s bat was the heaviest it could possibly be. Every bat we have identified as his came around 35 inches and 34+ ounces. A serious behemoth of a bat that only a few guys use as strength training BP Bats.

Cal Ripken Bat Models

Cal Ripken's Bat

By the end of his career, Ripken’s go to bat was Louisville Slugger’s P72. The P72 is the same bat Derek Jeter made famous, insomuch that Slugger retired the P72 when Jeter retired and changed its name to the DJ2.

As well, it is confirmed he used the M159 and S188 from Slugger occasionally. And, once in a blue moon, he swung Rawlings’ Adirondack Big Stick. All his bats were made of ash as was the custom during his playing days.

Cal Ripken Bat History

Cal Ripken's Bat

Ripken was protective of his gear and kept most of it. Those that can be found in the collector’s market are identified by cleat marks on the end of the bat. Those marks came from Ripken repeatedly hitting the bat on his cleats in between swings.

The number 8, written in the snowman fashion, is usually found on the barrel. In his earlier years, it was the number 5 on the barrels—his minor league number which was also a shout out to his boyhood hero, Brooks Robinson.

Ripken’s Most Memorable At Bat

 

For over 50 years, Lou Gherig, the “luckiest man alive”, held the record for the most consecutive games played. Cal Ripken, Jr would take that title from him on September 6th, 1995. With the Orioles up 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th, Ripken, batting in the 5-hole, stepped to the plate during his 2131 consecutive game. He had popped out to center field in the 2nd. Shawn Boskie, the starter for the California Angles that night, went down quickly with a 3-0 count. The next pitch was history. On a belt high fastball Ripken unloaded his Louisville @Sluggernation P72 and drove the ball 14 or 15 rows up over the left field fence.

Boskie would give up 3 home runs that night to Orioles players. None more memorable than Cal Ripken’s bomb.

Cal Ripken Bat Sources

We referenced a number of sources when writing this Cal Ripken’s Bat article. Many can be found with a simple Google search, but others were found elsewhere. Below are the ones we found most helpful.

Huggins and Scott Auction House
Goldin Auctions Ripken Product Page
PSA Card Ripken Bat Page

 

Ozzie Smith’s Bat

Known much more for his glove, Ozzie Smith’s bat gets too little pub. Yet he had almost 2,500 hits, over 1,200 runs and nearly 800 RBIs in his career. In homage to those numbers, the following details the information we found on his bat specs, models, length and weight.

Louisville Slugger 33 3/4 29.9  Ash C271 1983
Louisville Slugger  Ash H238 1982
Louisville Slugger  Ash S327
Louisville Slugger Ash C235
Louisville Slugger  Ash R161
Louisville Slugger  35.5 32.4  Ash B267  1988
Louisville Slugger 34 30  Ash S315 1978 -1979
Louisville Slugger 35 31.2  Ash K55 1986, 1987
Rawlings Adirondack 34 29.1  Ash 384B 1982
Rawlings Adirondack 36 32  Ash P302 1989*

Ozzie Smith's Bat

*This particularly sized Adirondack showed no signs of use. It was, however, one of two bats issued to Smith for the 1989 All-Star game.

What Bat Did Ozzie Smith Use?

Ozzie Smith's Bat

Ozzie used no less than 9 different models from two different brands throughout his 18 year career. It can be assumed he used many more turns and models from Slugger, and due to their popularity at the time, a few from Rawlings Adirondack as well. The list above should not be considered exhaustive.

Unfortunately, video and picture evidence of the time doesn’t have enough resolution to confirm, and all we can tell is the bats he liked were the natural wood color.

We did write an article a while back about Ozzie’s use of the Louisville Slugger 915 Prime at an All Star Game. You might find that interesting as well. You may also want to check out David Ortiz’s bat.

Ozzie Smith Bat Specs: Sizes & Lengths

Ozzie Smith's Bat

Ozzie Smith’s bat didn’t change much in terms of sizing. The lengthiest bat we found game used was a 35.5 B267 from Slugger, and the shortest was a 34 inch in a number of models. The weight of the bats were on the lighter side for MLB players which ranged from 29.9 to 32.4 ounces. These metrics are not surprising considering the arguabley greatest short stop of all time stood all of 5 feet 11 inches and weighed no more than 150 pounds during his career.

One bat issued to Ozzie from Adirondack for the 1989 All-Star Game was a 36 inch, 32 ounce Ash P302. However, that particular bat was never used in the game, but rather was signed by the players on the team. We can assume his other bats were of the same size around that time period, but we don’t have conclusive evidence.

Ozzie Smith’s Bat History

Ozzie Smith's Bat

It took the Cardinals 6 games to beat the Dodgers in the 1985 NLCS. But game 5 is the most memorable in terms of historical at bats. Thomas Niedenfuer, who had replaced Fernando Valenzuela’s four-hit eight-inning gem, pitched Ozzie Smith on the left side of the plate. With the score tied and one out, Ozzie chased a fastball, got a ball and watched a strike.

Up to this point, Ozzie had nearly 3,000 plate appearances from the left and had yet to hit a home run. No doubt, Niedenfuer must have thought he could sneak fastball on the inside half with Ozzie down 1-2 in the count. Ozzie had other plans. He turned on the ball and roped a home run several rows into the left field stands. #WizardWalkOff.

Poor resolution doesn’t help in identifying the exact bat he used. Nor does the 1985 mandate by the MLB for smaller brand logos on bats. But, we can guess the wood colored bat was a Slugger variety as it lacked the red stripe the Rawlings Adirondack made famous. His confirmed use of the K55 and S271 in years surrounding the 1985 season make this as good a hypothesis as we can offer.

 

Derek Jeter’s Bat | History, Retiring and Home Run #230

Derek Jeter’s Bat is the Louisville Slugger P72. It’s an ash bat with an open grain structure for an easy swing. He used it for his entire career, with a lifetime batting average of .310 for 3,465 hits. Derek Jeter used a Louisville Slugger P72 for more than 12,500 plate appearances and has ordered around 2,500 bats during his sure-to-be Hall of Fame, 20 year career. Compare that to Bryce Harper, another very popular bat search term, and you’ll find he’s used more than 20 in just the 7 years of his MLB career.

* Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Derek Jeter Louisville Slugger 34 31 Ash P72, DJ2 1992 – 2014

***Note: There is a grandfather clause to reproduce the bat. Any descendant of Les Pinkham (the man for whom the P72 was originally made) can ask Slugger to recreate the P72).*

History and the Bat Behind Home Run #230

The P72 bat was originally made in 1954 for Leslie Wayne Pinkham, who never made the majors due to an injury to his thumb.  Jeter chose the bat, he said, because it was shaped like his high school bat. He never swung anything different. The bat is now retired all of 60 years after its creation.

Derek Jeter's Bat

This particular P72 Slugger bat hit Jeter’s career home run number 230 during the 2010 season versus Toronto. A collector owns this bat, and it is worth a best estimated value of around $4,500. You can see more about that here.

Derek Jeter’s Bat & Hit #3000

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After getting his 2,999 hit on a first inning single, Derek Jeter approached the plate on July 9th 2011 for his second at bat. He worked the count to full at Yankees stadium. Then, he fouled the seventh pitch to the right, then fouled off the eight to the left.

The ninth pitch was one for the history books. David Price, the big lefty and starting pitcher that day for the Tampa Bay Rays, tried a backdoor slider. It clocked 84 mph and dove into just too much towards middle third of the plate. It crossed the plate right below Jeter’s belt. Jeter drove the ball to left centerfield and into the 1st row of the second concourse at @yankees stadium. He became the 28th hitter to get #3,000hits and the 1st to get it on a #homerun.

The #baseballs that day were specially marked in the unlikely event he put one out. Weeks later the ball would be valued at around $250,000. (Although the fan gave the ball back to Jeter). The bat was the same one he always used: A P72 from Louisville Slugger.

On the day Jeter would go 5 for 5 at the plate.

 
Jeter’s P72 Specs: Sizing, Type, Weight, Length

Derek Jeters Bat P72

The P72 is copied far and wide by many other vendors, so you can find the shape of the bat elsewhere. Of course, with a Louisville Slugger official logo, you’ll need to look in the secondary market. Here are the general specs of the P72 as Derek Jeter used it.

  • Manufacturer: Louisville Slugger
  • Model Number: P72
  • Finish: Black-Smith
  • Length: 34 inches
  • Weight: 31.1 ounces
  • Wood: Ash
  • Finish: Black
  • Handle: 15/16 Inch
  • Barrel: Large Barrel
  • End: Non-Cupped End

Derek Jeter’s Bat No Longer For Sale
Derek Jeter's Bat Photo

The Louisville P72 in ash is no longer for sale, however, a number of other manufacturers create the same turn. In other words, you can get the same shape of bat, just from another manufacturer.

If you feel like you want to spend some serious coin, check eBay (with a search like this) for certified game used Derek Jeter bats.

Derek Jeter’s Bat Sources

Derek Jeter's Bat

We reviewed a number of sources to gather this information into one place. Derek Jeter bat information has pasted the internet.

Mickey Mantle’s Bat | What Bat He Used for 500 Bombs

Mickey Mantle’s bat details are as well documented as any player’s. Like most, he used a number of bats throughout his career and not necessarily contiguously. Below we capture much of the history and bat background for Mickey Mantle’s bat.

* Brand Length Weight Type Model Number Years
Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger 35 31 Ash M110 1955-1957
Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger 35 32-34 Ash K55 1950-1960
Mickey Mantle Louisville Slugger 35 32 Ash W215 1966
Mickey Mantle Adirondack Ash 302

Mickey Mantle's Bat

Mickey Mantle’s Historic At Bat

Mickey Mantle's Bat

By the start of 1967, only 5 players in the modern era had over 500 home runs. On May 14th of that year, Mickey Mantle would join the club. On that late afternoon, in front of nearly 20,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Mantle, a switch hitter, stepped in the batter’s box on the left hander’s side. On the 7th pitch of the at bat, the 5 foot 11 inch Stu Miller—a 39 year old, 16 year veteran pitcher—would give the 5 foot 11 inch Mantle a fastball on the inner half.  The left fielder never had a chance.

Mantle would trot around the bases without much fanfare—like he’d done it 499 times before. At least one fan would rush the field while Mantle made his way to the dugout. The announcer, as far as the recording goes, doesn’t even mention the milestone. The crowd cheers.

Mantle would play one more season, ending with 536 total home runs. Stu Miller would hang up the cleats after pitching two games in 1968. His 16 year career makes him arguably the most storied pitcher in Oriole history. He allowed only 140 home runs in his 16 years. Yet none more historic than that sunny afternoon when “The Mick” made history on his fastball.

Mickey Mantle’s Bat Specs: Size, Weight and Length

Mickey Mantle's Bat

All the details on Mickey Mantle’s bat are not readily available, but after wading through enough auction house data, we can see his bat usually weighed not much more than 33 ounces and most often weighed in at 32.6. The length of his bats were mostly 35 inches. Some came in around 36.

Mickey Mantle Models

Mickey Mantle's Bat

Mickey Mantle used at least two different brand models of bats in his storied career. The Louisville Slugger was far and away his preferred, or at least more used, brand. Adirondack, which was soon to be known as Rawlings, was his second. There are many more Louisville Slugger bats in the game used markets than Adirondack.

Bryce Harper’s Bat | 2017 All Star Game Rawling’s Bat

If you are wondering what bat Bryce Harper uses, it might be easier to consider the bats Bryce Harper has NOT used. Indeed, Harper has more bats as Johnny Lingo has cows.  We hesitate to say what he has been using more often than others recently because it’s likely to change in a matter of weeks. Many of his bats, models and specs are documented below. Also, the table below might be helpful for details on Bryce Harper’s bat.

Bryce Harper's Bat

Bryce Harper’s Exclusive All-Star Game Bat

Bryce Harper's All Star Game Bat

For 2017, Harper used a unique All-Star Game bat made from Rawlings. Of note, justbats.com actually got the exclusive rights to the bat and the ability to sell a very limited number. Last we heard it was going to be less than 24 so it is likely they will sell out within hours. Probably worth checking out the link.

The bat, if you are wondering, is a BH220 31/32 inch drop 2 pure ash bat. It’s simple and understated which, we think, is the exact opposite of Bryce Harper.

What Bat Does Bryce Harper Use?

BRAND LENGTH WEIGHT TYPE MODEL NUMBER YEARS
Louisville Slugger 33 – 34 32 – 33 Maple 113L, H238, S318, C243 2012
Marucci 34.25 32.5 Maple BH34, BH21, CU26, CU7, BH318, RC09, LOS15, MR24 2011 – 2016
Rawlings 34 31.5 Maple Big Stick – Bryce Harper
Chandlar  34 32  Maple AR 13.0, CU7D, JG30, YC52  2015
Victus 34  32  Maple BH 137.1 (V234)  2016
Sam Bat  Maple 2K1 2016
Tucci Lumber  34  32  Maple BHARP34

Bryce Harper’s Historic At Bat

Bryce Harper's Bat

In 2009, Bryce Harper stood in Tropicana Field as a 16 year old participating in the high school home run derby. The foot work on his swing is much different than it is today. Back then his front foot would turn away from the pitcher as his knee went up and back. His knee would kick and he’d hack at the ball like it was the zombie apocalypse.  To say the least, the approach was successful.

During this particular high school home run derby competition it worked. With a BESR certified 2008 DeMarini Voodoo, he’d crush the longest home run ever recorded at the stadium: 502 feet. The ball flew a full 30 feet further than Jose Conseco’s record set in 2000. It stands today as the most significant home run ever hit by a kid who just learned how to drive.

Bryce Harper’s Bat Specs: Size, Weight and Length

Bryce Harper's Bat

Harper’s bat length, regardless of brand, peaks around 34 inches. We did find some evidence of a few that came in at 34.25, but most were in the 33 to 34 inch range. As well, the weight of the bats across brand and models were fairly consistent. We never found a game used bat under 31 ounces or over 33 ounces.

As we mention above, Harper changes his bat so often, it is more than possible he has had at bats in his career outside of those specs. However, since they are the only we could find—and we found plenty—we’d guess his bat is most often a 34 inch 32 to 33 ounce stick.

Bryce Harper’s Bat Models

Bryce Harper's Bat

Bryce uses whatever bat model he wants. He’s used at least eight different models of Marucci, four from Slugger and Chandler and one from Rawlings, Tucci, Sam Bats and Rawlings. No doubt he has tried plenty more and will continue to take a variety of bats to the plate. All in all, he has used at least 20 different models in his career so far.

If you are looking for the best wood bats, then you may also find this best bat article useful.

He has also used other pro players’ bats like Yasiel Puig, Chase Utley and Giancarlos Stanton. We can only guess there are a number more.

Bryce Harper’s Bat Sources

We considered a number of sources when putting together collective information on the models and specs of Bryce Harper’s bat. There are likely another legit 20 or more than what we mention below, but they are a great start.

Bryce Harper PSA Facts: PSA holds a great repository on game used items. From many of those pictures we glean information found in the models section.

eBay Auctions: It is always plenty of fun to see current eBay auctions. Many of them seem suspect, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be helpful.

Reggie Jackson’s Bat | The Birth of Mr. October

The strikeout king, as he is affectionately called, hit 563 home runs in his storied career. He also won 5 World Series. In his 20 year career, he played for 5 teams and 14 All Star teams. He is, hands down, one of the greatest hitters in his generation and, in large measure, revolutionized the long ball. From auction house data and a few knowledgeable sources, we’ve gathered as much data as possible on Reggie Jackson’s Bat.

BRAND LENGTH WEIGHT TYPE MODEL NUMBER YEARS
Louisville Slugger 34.5 32.6 Maple MC44, J93 1967
Adirondack – Rawlings 34.5, 35 31.8, 32.1, 33.4, 33.7, 35.1, 37.1 Ash 288RJ, 170B, 281B 1971-1977, 1980, 1982, 1984

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Reggie Jackson Bat Sizes

Reggie Jackson's Bat

In the modern era, we’ve rarely seen bats that weigh over 34 ounces. Most are traditional drop 2’s or 3’s like you’ll find in Pete Rose’s and Derek Jeter’s Bat. Even Barry Bonds had a negative drop and rarely were his bats over 34 ounces. Reggie Jackson, on the other hand, often handled bats that were HEAVY. In fact, we found one auction where Reggie’s bat weighed an astonishing 37.1 ounces.

What Bat Did Reggie Jackson Swing?

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Reggie used the two major wood bat brands in his era: Louisville Slugger and Rawlings Adirondack. Well over the last two-thirds of his 20 year career, most video and auction evidence shows he preferred the Rawlings Adirondack. For most of those years, he preferred his signature series 288RJ. At other times, the MC44, J93 from Slugger as well as the 170B and 281B from Adirondack/Rawlings were his preference.

At 31, He’s Born Mr. October

Reggie Jackson's Bat

The 6th game of the 1977 World Series was played on October 11th. The Yankees were up 3 games to 2 on the Dodgers. In the bottom of the 2nd, Reggie Jackson would take 4 straight balls for a walk.

On his second at bat in the bottom of the 4th, Jackson would send Hooton packing. On his first pitch of the at bat Jackson would paste a line drive to right field for a two run. Hooton was replaced by the 27 year old Dominican Republic native Elias Sosa. But the native born Dominican pitcher wouldn’t fair any better. In the bottom of the 5th, for Jackson’s 3rd at bat, Reggie would also destroy the first pitch of the at bat some 400 feet over the right fielder for another two run shot. It marked the end of Sosa’s night, but not that of Jackson’s.

In the bottom of the 8th inning, Reggie Jackson squared with Charlie Hough. It was his 4th at bat of the game. To this point in the game, Reggie had seen all of two hit-able pitches on the night, both of which he put in the cheap seats. With no one on, Hough took the sign of an outside knuckle ball for Jackson’s first pitch. His lanky wind up put a floater on the outside half. Jackson, with a calmness you’d expect from someone nicknamed Mr. October, loaded his monster Rawlings Adirondack and smeared that ball to high heaven. In a moment caught by a hundred cameras, Reggie, the catcher and umpire look heavenward as Jackson pauses at the plate to admire.

In the 6th game of the World Series in 1977, Reggie Jackson may have put on the most impressive hitting display in the history of the sport. 3 strikes, 3 bombs. At age 31 he was born Mr. October in 1977. And the Yankees were once again World Champions.

Reggie Jackson Game Used Bats

Reggie Jackson's Bat

Mr. October, Reggie Jackson, used the above bat while a member of the California Angels. With it he would hit career home run #547 and later gift the bat to a friend. This bat originally sold on eBay for roughly $5k and would later be re-sold by a bat dealer for three times that amount.

A close eye will notice the shaved handle on this bat. This is quintessential of Reggie Jackson gamers from later in his career. Additionally, Reggie typically wrote his uniform #44 on the knob of his bats, but, like this example, it wasn’t entirely uncommon for his knobs to be blank.