Here are (2) bats respectively used by a player who fit the Oriole mold and issued to a franchise fixture who certainly wasn’t known for his hitting! Includes:
Ron Hansen 1965-1968 Signed Game-Used Bat: the 1960 A.L. Rookie of the Year with a career-best 22 home runs, Hansen was subsequently dealt to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio. On the South Side, Hansen wielded this Hillerich & Bradsby “R161” (35”, 34.7-oz) signature model weapon. The white ash lumber shows solid game use with ball, bat-rack, cleat and stitch impressions throughout, as well as a 6-1/2” handle crack and a black marker notation of “4” on the knob. Between the center brand and barrel stampings, Hansen has signed in black marker (“8” strength).
Ralph Salvon Game-Issued 1972 All-Star Game Bat: a rare and unusual Birds keepsake, this Hillerich & Bradsby “W215” (34”, 33.1-oz) white ash block-letter model is an uncracked game-ready relic issued to the rotund Salvon, who served as the long-time trainer for Earl Weaver’s Orioles. The barrel stampings include an “ATLANTA 1972” identifier. While it’s not clear whether or not Salvon ever even swung a bat, it’s a safe bet he was issued the weapon by H&B as a member of Weaver’s defending American League champion staff. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.