Lauded (and feared) for his blinding speed, former outfielder Vince Coleman employed and signed this Louisville Slugger (31.3-oz/33-1/2”) “B267” signature model weapon during the 1989 season, a campaign in which he set the all-time record with 50 consecutive stolen bases without being caught. Graded GU 8 by PSA/DNA, the lumber features “Louisville” on the hitting surface, a mark reserved for bats issued for the All-Star Game and World Series. Full photo LOA from John Taube. More on our website.
The uncracked item shows excellent use with ball, bat-rack and deeply embedded stitch marks about the hitting surface, as well as black and blue ink transfers from ONL and OAL baseballs. The latter markings (along with the “Louisville” identifier on the barrel) suggest that Coleman brandished this bat during batting practice at the 1989 All-Star Game in Anaheim, as he did appear in that Mid-Summer Classic, but not until the 7th inning and only then as a pinch-runner and left fielder. Just below the barrel stampings, Coleman has signed in black marker (“9” strength) and inscribed “#29.” Coleman’s number “29” is also inscribed on both the knob and barrel end.