Known far and wide in baseball circles for his mastery of hitters, four Cy Young Awards and 329 career triumphs, Hall of Fame southpaw Steve Carlton was none too shabby with the lumber, either. This Louisville Slugger “B278” block-letter (last name only) bat was employed by “Lefty” during the early portion of the 1986 season, his 15th and final campaign with the Phillies. Graded GU 9 by PSA/DNA, the (31.5-oz/34”) uncracked white ash weapon shows excellent use with ball, bat-rack, cleat and stitch marks throughout, as well as transposed stampings from ONL spheres about the barrel and light pine-tar residue on the handle. The knob is home to a black marker notation of “32.” For his career, Carlton batted a respectable (by pitchers’ standards) .201 with 346 hits and 13 home runs. Full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.
A review of Carlton’s ordering records with Louisville Slugger allow us to pinpoint this model to an order made on April 7, 1986.