The ultimate Goose gamer! To our knowledge, the record price for a Goslin game-used bat was $9,300 in 2020, and we believe this one to be a superior example—possibly the first to surpass five figures. Why? Because its labeling period encompasses Washington's 1924 championship season. Because it has the iron-clad authenticity of a family LOA. And, perhaps above all, because it has the Ruth-esque detail of 8 hand-carved home run notches on the knob!
The Hall of Fame outfielder (whose running style spawned an avian comparison) wielded this warclub at some point in 1923-24, when he first laced a league-leading 18 triples and next bested even Babe Ruth with 129 RBIs. Goslin batted .344 in the 7-game World Series win, racking up 11 hits, 3 HRs and 7 RBIs. The 35.5", 37-oz. bat carries an appropriate C-4D center brand for the era and shows outstanding use with a repaired slight handle crack, repaired upper-barrel small chips, numerous ball marks throughout the barrel, cleat marks on two barrel panels, and the aforementioned knob notches.
According to PSA authenticator John Taube, Goslin's Professional Bat Ordering Records (PBORs) show his proclivity for Babe Ruth models in the very height/weight range seen here. "The length and weight of this Goose Goslin professional model bat," writes Taube, "are consistent with the Babe Ruth models ordered by Goslin during the 1923 season...Player records are not available for the 1924 season. These records are missing from the Louisville Slugger archive. Therefore, we are identifying the labeling period as 1923-24 due to the possibility Goslin ordered the Ruth model during his 1924 season." As to the notches, he adds, "It's our opinion these notches represent home runs hit by Goslin. The notches resemble the notches we've seen on the bats of Babe Ruth. Ruth notched his bats around the center brand. The similarity of the Goslin and Ruth notches lead us to believe they were carved with the same tool, possibly a pen knife or file."
Additional provenance comes in the form of a 2013 LOA from descendant John Goslin, who writes, "I am offering up this original game-used bat from Leon 'Goose' Goslin. Goose is my grandfather's cousin. This bat was given to my father by my grandfather. He in turn has given it to me. The Goose name runs very deep in my family. We are all baseball players and all have the nickname. We are proud to tell his story and that we are related to a Hall of Fame baseball player."
Graded PSA/DNA GU 9. Full LOA form PSA/DNA.