Known for stellar pitching and air-tight defense, Earl Weaver’s Orioles clubs also relied on the “3-Run Homer.” Such decisive blows were no doubt delivered by these (6) game-used bats! Turned during the 1960s-1970s, the white ash weapons show outstanding game use and include: Mark Belanger (1971-1979); (2) Don Buford (1969-1972); Bob Johnson (1965-1967); Merv Rettenmund (1969-1972); Fungo Bat (1965-1968). More on our website.
Mark Belanger 1971-1979 Game-Used Bat: an Adirondack (35.1-oz/33-1/2”) “129S) signature model with a flare knob. The weapon shows extensive use with ball and stitch marks about the hitting surface, as well as a handle crack whose length is obscured by a layer of athletic tape. Did you know …? Mark Belanger hit his first career home run on May 14, 1967 at Yankee Stadium. One inning later in that same game, Belanger’s clout was overshadowed as Mickey Mantle hit his 500th.
Don Buford 1969-1972 Game-Used Bat: a Hillerich & Bradsby (37.5-oz/34-1/2”) “K48” signature model showing heavy use (likely during batting practice) with ball, bat-rack and surface marks throughout, as well as a 6” layer of electric tape on the handle’s upper portion.
Don Buford 1969-1972 Game-Used Bat: a Hillerich & Bradsby (33.9-oz/34”) “K48” signature model showing heavy use with grain swelling and a 9-1/2” slice missing from the hitting surface.
Bob Johnson 1965-1967 Game-Used Bat: a Hillerich & Bradsby (36-oz/35”) “S2” signature model (“Bob “Rocky” Johnson”) showing heavy use with ball, bat-rack and surface marks throughout, as well as a 9-1/2” handle crack mended by vintage bat boy nails.
Merv Rettenmund 1969-1972 Game-Used Bat: a Hillerich & Bradsby (35.2-oz/34-1/2”) “K93” uncracked signature model showing heavy use with ball, bat-rack and deeply embedded stitch marks about the hitting surface, as well as a scoring about the handle.
1965-1968 Fungo Bat: a Hillerich & Bradsby (24/5-oz/36”) “K100” uncracked block-letter (“ORIOLES”) model used during team outfield fielding drills. Heavy use is evident from the bygone era of long high flies delivered by a unique bat with an ultra-thin handle.