Lost amid the fuss generated by the Black Swamp Find was another recent discovery that put a piece of baseball history into the market for the first time. In the frenzy after the game-winning home run that gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a World Series victory in 1960, a police officer working crowd control at Forbes Field was handed a bat branded with the name of a baseball legend.
The name etched into the barrel was not that of ‘Roberto’ Clemente. It was ‘Momen’. Fans of baseball history know that was Clemente’s nickname and one Louisville Slugger was still putting on his gamers.
The bat came home with Andrew Baxter’s father. Eleven at the time, it may have made a brief impression but for nearly half a century, it sat in the attic of the house he grew up in.
Last week, it went to Heritage Auctions and the Philadelphia Inquirer picks up the story.