In elite company as a member of the 500 Home Run Club, Gary Sheffield is also in rarified circles as one of three players to homer as a teenager and after the age of 40, as well as the last regular to post a fielding percentage of less than .900 (.899, 1993). But it was Sheffield’s bat that did the talking. This Rawlings/Adirondack (30.8-oz/34”) "228B" block-letter weapon was used by the well-traveled slugger during the 1989 season. Graded GU 8 by PSA/DNA. The lumber shows heavy use. Full photo LOA from John Taube. More on our website.
The blue-ring model shows evidence of use in the form of ball, stitch and bat-rack marks about the barrel, as well as pine-tar residue, scoring and a small crack on the handle and a black marker notation of “1” on the knob. On the barrel, the stampings read "SHEPP-DOG."
Oh, as for Sheffield’s accomplishment of hitting home runs in both his teenage years and after the age of 40, by doing so, he joined Ty Cobb and Rusty Staub as the only players in that unusual fraternity.