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“Medwick. was the meanest, roughest guy you could imagine. He just stood up there and whaled everything within reach. Doubles, triples, home runs - he sprayed 'em all over every park." -Leo Durocher, Medwick’s Gas House Gang Teammate

In the hands of Joe Medwick, a 35” piece of hardened white ash became a lethal weapon -- which meant every pitcher in the National League was a marked man. This Louisville Slugger Joe Medwick signature model F2 was most commonly used by Medwick during his return to St. Louis in 1947 and 1948. If you’re a stickler for actual game use, this Medwick gamer will not disappoint. Complete with ball marks, stitch marks, cleat cuts, rack marks and more, this legendary piece of lumber tells the story of one of baseball’s most ferocious hitters without speaking a single word.

Joe Medwick: The last National League pla.yer to win batting’s triple crown

In 1937, three years after Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Frankie Frisch, Leo Durocher, Medwick and a madcap cast of characters known as The Gashouse Gang captured the hearts of an economically struggling nation, and captured the World Series crown, Joe “Ducky” Medwick had one of the greatest seasons in baseball history. Medwick dominated NL pitchers in a fashion that has only been duplicated once in the past 83 years (Stan Musial’s 1948 season is considered by many as the greatest season ever by an NL hitter . . . Musial lost the Triple Crown due to multiple homers that were erased from the record books due to multiple rainouts.) Statistically, Medwick was off the charts in 1937. He led the league in games played (156), at-bats (633), runs (111), hits (237), batting average (.374), doubles (56), homeruns (31), RBIs (154), slugging percentage (.641), OBS (1.056), Adjusted OBS+ (182) and total bases (406).

“Ducky Joe” – The Story Behind One Of Baseball’s Greatest Nicknames

In a game filled with great nicknames, “Ducky” or “Ducky Wucky” seems a rather improbable moniker for one of the big league’s all-time tough guys. Inaccurate accounts often state that Joe Medwick’s nickname came from his walking style. But in reality, the Redbird slugger was given his legendary nickname after a woman remarked that Medwick swam like a duck, after seeing him in hotel swimming pool. The name stuck with fans and the media. Medwick’s teammates had a different name for the sometimes-volatile outfielder: Muscles. A tough Texan, Medwick’s biceps were the things of legend and his chiseled (for the time) physique was much a warning as a thing of wonder. Known for his hard hitting, with the bat and with his fists, Medwick was never afraid to start a fight or finish one. Despite his skills as a hitter and outfielder, Medwick’s demeanor, particularly with sportswriters, is probably why it took him so long to gain entry into Cooperstown.

1947-1948 Joe Medwick Hillerich & Bradsby Game Used Bat Uncracked PSA/DNA
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