After years of leading Connie Mack’s powerful Philadelphia Athletics, Gordon Stanley “Mickey” Cochrane moved his expertise to the Detroit Tigers and won the American League MVP Award. The great catcher was an anomaly among most valuable players as he struck only two homeruns all season, but his leadership behind the plate and intense nature on the diamond won the hearts of the voters. Although the exact history of this presented artifact is unclear, documentation states that this handcrafted 36” bat was presented to Cochrane after the 1934 season. What is certain is that over one hundred American League players honoring Black Mike’s accomplishments signed this large, lightweight club. The signatures on this relic were penned in black ink, the vast majority of which are clear and legible. Included among the multitudes of Hall of Fame signatures are Lou Gehrig, Walter Johnson, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Earle Combs, Rogers Hornsby, Luke Appling, Hank Greenberg, Ted Lyons, Joe Cronin, Al Simmons, Charlie Gehringer, Bill Dickey, Lefty Grove, Earl Averill, Red Ruffing, Heinie Manush, Connie Mack, Rick Ferrell, Goose Goslin, Joe McCarthy (clubhouse) and Jocko Conlan. With most of the blemishes and scratches confined to the handle of this oversized bat, nearly none of the signatures are affected. This homemade treasure with a hand drawn ”Tigers 1934” trademark is a wonderful display piece with more signatures then one could rightly imagine. With all historical research pointing to Mickey Cochrane at one point owning this bat, it is a grand signature piece for all fans of baseball. For a more complete list of the signatories, please visit our website. The bat comes with a COA’s from PSA/DNA, James Spence Authentications and Mike Gutierrez, along with a letter from the woman who acquired it from the estate of Mickey Cochrane.
List of players that signed the bat include:
Hall of Famers: Lou Gehrig, Joe McCarthy, Al Simmons, Heine Manush, Roger Hornsby, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Bill Dickey, Luke Appling, Charlie Gehringer, Lefty Grove, Earl Averill, Joe Cronin, Lefty Gomez, Ted Lyons, Rick Ferrell, Bucky Harris, Jocko Conlon, Hank Greenberg, Goose Goslin, Earle Combs, Tony Lazzeri and Red Ruffing
1934 Detroit Tigers: Bill Rogell, Pete Fox, Jo Jo White, Tommy Bridges, Schoolboy Rowe and Charlie Fischer.
Other Signatories: Ossie Bluege, Cecil Travis, Nick Altrock, Ben Chapman, John Kerr, Earl Whitehill, Jack Russell, Red Rolfe, Walter Brown, George Caster, Leroy Mahaffey, Max Bishop, Mule Haas, Art Jorgens, Marty McManus, Babe Phelps, Joe Golden, Glenn Wyatt, Dick Coffman, Oscar Melillo, Bing Miller, Monty Pearson, Joe Vosmik, Jimmy Austin, Harland Cliff, Zeke Bonura, Frank Pylack, George Blaeholder, Ben Chapman, Bill Werber, Ton Daley, Carl Reynolds, Russ Van Atta, Jimmy Dykes, Ray Hayworth, Walter Stewart, Mel Harder, Willis Hudlin, Cliff Barton, Hal Trosky, Al Wright, Red Kress, Joe Kuhel, Lyn Lary, Myril Hoag, Rip Radcliff, Bill Brenzel, Merv Shea, Alan Strang, Beau Bell, Phil Hogart, Bill Deitrich, Lou Finney, Steve O’Neill, Pat Malone, Ivy “Paul” Andrews, Doug Johnson, Charles O’Leary, Vernon Kennedy, Vernon Washington, Patsy Gharrity, Henry Johnson, Jimmy Austin, Sam West, Dixie Walker, Tommie Heath, Johnny Murphy, Leon Pettit, Gordon Rhodes and Firpo Marberry.