"The Big Bopper of Birmingham" is recalled, with this 1976 game-used bat. After a decade of battering N.L. pitchers, slugger Lee May moved to the A.L., with the Baltimore Orioles. His proclivity for launching baseballs out of the park continued with the O's, and in 1976 he had a particularly good season, leading the league in RBI, and being named the Most Valuable Oriole, on a squad that included Reggie Jackson, Brooks Robinson, Ken Singleton, and Jim Palmer.
Lee's weapon of choice for the 1976 campaign was this uncracked Louisville Slugger model R161 bat, which very likely produced a portion of his 1976 RBI total of 109. Burned in with Lee's facsimile signature, this vintage war club saw plenty of action, as the barrel is covered in contact marks, cleat indentations, and bat rack streaks, and though faded, his uniform number "14" on the knob is still recognizable. These conditions provide tremendous authentic display appeal, and the season of origin is without question, thanks to a factory applied "1976-1996 Liberty Bell" emblem, that includes the legend "National Pastime."
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