Rod Carew was always a good hitter, winning several batting titles along the way. That said, once he reached 3,000 career hits, Carew’s professional model bats became an absolute necessity for those building a set devoted to collecting lumber from members of the exclusive club. When it comes to bats used by this Hall of Famer, there are a few interesting characteristics to note. First, while he did use Adirondack (block letter) bats at times, there is no question that Carew preferred H&B/Louisville Slugger bats.
The sweet-swinging lefty ordered a number of models from the manufacturer throughout his career, signing an endorsement contract in 1964, well in advance of his MLB debut. Carew would often apply a moderate amount of pine tar along the handles of his bats. He tended to use bat models that featured a thin handle/large barrel combination due to his hitting style: holding the bat very loosely in his hands prior to starting his swing.
Collectors may encounter some Carew gamers with his primary uniform number "29" in very small writing, but most of his bats exhibit a large uniform number noted in black marker on the knob and, sometimes, the barrel end as well. Carew did wear the number "21" for a brief period during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 1967, but he wore number "29" for the vast majority of his playing days. Finally, Carew gamers that date to his prime years with the Minnesota Twins tend to sell for a premium, which includes a stretch where he won six batting titles in seven seasons.
Rodney Cline Carew (October 1, 1945 - ) is the first American League batting champion in history not to have hit a home run during that season. Capturing seven batting titles in his career, Carew is among fellow Hall of Famers Hornsby and Musial, surpassed only by Cobb, Gwynn and Wagner. Carew won the 1967 Rookie of the Year Award after batting .292 with 150 hits and 51 RBI and was selected to the first of 18 consecutive All-Star appearances. Extremely skilled as a contact hitter, Carew was a difficult hitter to outduel as he slapped, bunted, chopped and lined pitches all over the field en route to 3,053 hits during his 19-year career. Rod was a fixture in the Minnesota Twins lineup (1967-1978) beginning at second and later moved to first. Carew was moved to the California Angels in 1979 where he retired in 1985. Rod Carew finished his career with a .328 batting average, 3,053 hits, 1,424 runs, 1,015 RBI and 353 stolen bases. Rodney Cline Carew was elected to the National Baseball Hall of the Fame in 1991.
Approximate Value: $1500