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1961 Stan Musial All-Star Game Team Issued Bat “He didn’t hit a homer in his last at-bat; he hit a single. He didn’t hit in 56 straight games. He married his high school sweetheart and stayed married to her, never married a Marilyn Monroe. He didn’t play with the sheer joy and style that goes alongside Willie Mays’ name. None of those easy things are there to associate with Stan Musial. All Musial represents is more than two decades of sustained excellence and complete decency as a human being.” -Bob Costas, from ESPN Sports Century

With the possible exception of Henry Aaron, The National League has never seen a more consistent, more devastating threat at the plate than “Stan The Man” Musial. When “The Greatest Cardinal of Them All” hung up the spikes in 1963, he was the only player in Major League history to rank in the top 25 of every major batting category. On and off the field, Musial was universally liked and admired by everyone, with the possible exception of the many National League pitchers he bludgeoned over the years. But even the pitchers would admit to liking Musial outside the white lines. There has never been a more decent man to play baseball than Stan Musial. And given the climate of today’s game, there may never be. Musial’s 1961 All Star Game Bat, From The Carl Sawatski Collection Musial’s 1961 All Star Game bat comes directly from the family of his former Cardinal teammate, Carl Sawatski. A journeyman backup catcher, once tabbed as “The Next Babe Ruth,” Sawatski played on the 1957 World Champion Braves before being dealt to the Cardinals where he finished his career and spent his happiest days in the major leagues. Musial and Sawatski were both from hard-working Polish families with limited means, and lived in small coal-mining towns in the Pennsylvania Appalachians. The two became close friends and stayed that way for life. The pair often traded mementos from their careers, with Musial’s bat being one of Sawatki’s favorite treasures. From 1959 – 1962, Major League Baseball played two All Star Games and Stan Musial appeared on the roster of every game. In fact, Musial played in every All Star Game from 1942-1963, with the exception of 1945 when he was in the military during WWII. Musial’s 1961 Adirondack All Star Edition Bat is one of two issued to “The Man.” In keeping with All-Star tradition, Stan readied one piece of hardened white ash for combat and kept the other as a backup and souvenir of the game. This bat was never readied for game action and retains the original golden glow and the exact character it did when it was handed to Musial just days prior to the game. Make no mistake, this prized relic is museum quality and museum ready. If you’ve ever wanted a Musial bat, this offering could bring you a little closer to “Stan The Man” and all that he accomplished.

1961 Stan Musial All Star Adirondack Bat, Uncracked PSA/DNA
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Auction closed on Thursday, April 9, 2020.
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