A hero in Washington’s first and only World Series conquest, Joe Judge was an oft-overlooked franchise staple, defining longevity and production over an 18-year career in the Nation’s Capital. This Hillerich & Bradsby (31.6-oz/34”) bat was employed by the Brooklyn-born first baseman during a 1930 season in which he delivered 50 extra-base hits and a .326 mark. On the barrel, a grease pencil notation reads “4-21 36oz Joe Judge 9-17 30,” essentially requesting duplicate examples from the Kentucky-based plant. Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA. More on our website.
The white ash weapon pre-dates model numbers and was obviously to Judge’s liking (hence, the request for additional models). There are bat-rack marks and grain swelling about the barrel, which is also home to the above-mentioned grease pencil notations. These were, with high probability, rendered by Hillerich & Bradsby employee Henry Morrow, who traditionally made these notations in preparation for fulfilling orders. The demise of this particular model shows in the form of a small chip on the knob, which has resulted in a tiny handle crack. There are lathe marks on both the knob and barrel end. An integral component in the Senators’ rich history, Judge was celebrated on the field and on the stage, as he was allegedly the inspiration for “Damn Yankees” character Joe Hardy.