I recently recived my birthday gift from my family. And I'm happy to say it was one of the best ever. I was surprised too because it's the bat they offer here! And some bat it is. Looks and feels more like a club I swing a 31 ounce bat cause thats what Teddy Ballgame used. But holy cow this stick is 36' long and 39 ounces! Joe used to take a quater ounce out so the bat weighed 38 and 3/4 ounce. If you look at the picture of Joe showing his bat to the Babe, you can see where he took the quater ounce out of the end of Black Betsy. I noticed that after looking at the picture for 2 months on my desktop. And removing a quater ounce from the bat may not seem like alot. But Ted Williams wrote in one of his books that he used to weigh his bats on a postal scale to make sure they didnt gain any weight from the moisture in the air. He could tell the diffence to the half ounce by just holding a bat in either hand. So YEA! My wonder wall just got more wonderful with the addition of my new bat! Thanks Mike for spinning me one fine stick. Also How Tall was Joe?? anyone know?
We're glad you like the bat....we do put a lot of work into that lumber....Louisville Slugger turns the bat for us....but we make it into a Joe Jackson bat. The story goes about Williams (and from all indications it's true).....that Mr. Hillerich took a case of bats into a hotel room where Williams was staying....as a test (Williams said he could pick his bat out of any other bats before him...just by weight alone)....so Mr. Hillerich wanted him to prove it.....so they take these bats into this hotel room.....and Williams is asked to leave for a few minutes.....while he is out.....Mr. Hillerich lays these bats out on the bed......they blindfold Willams and bring him back into the room......and Williams is able to pick out his bat.......most only had a quarter ounce difference either way on them........but Williams could tell which was to his specifications.......Mr. Hillerich never questioned Williams again about his bats.....whatever Williams said...went!! The orignal "Black Betsy" had lead weighs nailed into the barrel of the bat to give it weight in the end...........Joe liked a heavy bat.