May 13, 2013 |
The family of Mickey Mantle has applied a corkscrew to Grey Flannel Auctions. On May 3, the auction house announced it would be auctioning an authentic Mantle bat at the end of May. Oh, and it said there was something special about this particular bat: It was corked. The auction announcement was accompanied by a statement from John Taube, a professional bat authenticator, which said, "During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel.
May 3, 2013 |
A corked bat that belonged to baseball legend Mickey Mantle is going up for auction later this month by Gray Flannel Auctions . The bat, which has a reserve price of $5,000, is a Mantle bat from the 1960s. Authenticator John Taube was verifying that the bat was a Mantle bat when he noticed alterations at the top of the barrel. “During our examination of the bat, we noticed a circular area .75 inches wide in the center of the top barrel," Taube says in a statement. "The finish in the area has also been touched up to mask the circular area.
June 21, 2003
A Yale professor states that, according to the laws of physics, a corked bat provides no advantage. I seem to remember years ago when scientists said that a pitched ball could not curve and that a bumblebee could not fly. Batters and bumblebees disagree. Gary A. Robb Los Feliz
June 14, 2003 |
According to Robert K. Adair's calculations, the Sammy Sosa bat corking incident is a lot of pop and fizz about nothing. The former professor of physics at Yale told columnist Dave Kindred of the Sporting News that while cork might provide a psychological advantage, it does nothing to increase the distance of a batted ball.
June 8, 2003 |
On Sunday in Detroit, not knowing Sammy Sosa was about to get caught using a corked bat, Yankee Manager Joe Torre talked about cheating. "I called all Lew Burdette's spitballs. Otherwise, I'd never have been able to catch them," said Torre, a catcher in the '60s. "But nobody on our team ever figured out how he did it. It was his secret. "In the All-Star Game one year, I caught Bill Singer. We went over the signs -- fastball, curve. I asked him, 'What sign do you want for your spitter?'
June 7, 2003
I believe Sammy Sosa when he says he accidentally used a corked bat, just like I believe that Sammy and Mark McGwire have never used steroids. I also believe that O.J. will soon find the real killers, that there is indeed a Santa Claus, and that the Beatles will soon reunite to play at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon and Marty Wiltsey. Marty Wiltsey Ontario What's the big deal? Sammy uses steroids only for exhibitions too. Gary Durrett Glendale To the tune of "76 Trombones": Seventy-six long bats led the big charade With a hundred and ten or more bets changing hands As to whether Sosa's bat was filled with this and that Like bits of cork, although he knew they're banned.