History tells us that throughout the 1950s and early-1960s, the New York Yankees were armed with the game’s most vaunted performers. Headlining the list, of course, was switch-hitter Mickey Mantle. The muscular Bronx Bombers centerfielder resides on the top rung in terms of game-used equipment. With unwavering confidence, we proclaim that you will not behold a Mickey Mantle playing days’ baseball bat as clean and pristine as the offered example. Given by Mantle to teammate Bob Cerv during the latter’s tenure in pinstripes, this gorgeous professional model white ash lumber smacks of Yankee tradition and the close bonds between members of the club’s formidable rosters. Turned during the 1961-1963 labeling period, this Hillerich & Bradsby (32.3-oz/35”) “B220” signature model war club was among those issued to Mantle during the referenced labeling period, as he did not brandish “B220” weapons prior to 1961. With faint bat-rack streaks near the handle, the uncracked weapon shows no use and features an unblemished, furniture-like finish. A component on eight Yankees pennant winners and six World Series titles throughout his three tours of duty in New York, Cerv was, no doubt, a willing recipient of a Mantle weapon of this pedigree. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA, as well as an LOA from Cerv. More on our website.
Composed on Cerv’s personal stationery, his LOA reads (in full):
”To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Robert Cerv. I am a former major league baseball player. I was a member of the New York Yankees from 1951-1956, and parts of 1960-1962. One of my teammates on the Yankees was Mickey mantle. I obtained from Mickey one of his game bats. It is a Louisville Slugger 125 Genuine Mickey Mantle Model. On the knob is imprinted B220. I have had this bat since receiving it from Mantle until recently when I sold the bat to Richard G. Kohl.
(signed) Robert Cerv”