Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 5/3/13
While there is zero evidence tht a corked bat actually helps a batter to hit a ball further, there are still people out there that believe it makes a different. New York Yankees Hall of Fame centerfielder Mickey Mantle, the greatest player ever in all of sports that never actually reached his full potential, allegedly used a corked bat sometime during his career during the 1960s. The Mick is one of those baseball palyers from the history of the game that make it such a romantic sport. His legend may only be topped by Babe Ruth. Like most athletes, it is likely that the Mick was looking for an edge. All athletes are, and they will try things, even if it is only in theory (like HGH). Now, Mantle was never caught using a corked bat, but according to PSA/DNA authenticator John Taube, the bat below was swung by Mantle and an x-ray shows that it was indeed altered: One of the pieces of evidence that this is a bat Mantle would have used, is the way the handle was coated in pine tar. Also, Minnesota Twins equipment manager Ray Crump admitted in an autobiography that he had corked some [...]
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