You’ll be surprised to learn about the celebrated baseball players who used the heaviest bats. These legends were never afraid to go with a heftier stick.
If you’re looking to improve your swing, you’ll likely opt for a lighter bat that can generate more bat speed. However, these legendary ballplayers went with the belief that bigger is better. These are the best baseball players who used the heaviest bats.
Hall of Famers Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb, and Honus Wagner swung 38-ounce pieces of lumber to amass over 10,000 hits between them. While getting one of their bats may be rare, Wagner’s historic T206 baseball card may prove the most valuable, seeing as it recently fetched $6.6 million in an auction.
Two players of note swung a 40-ounce bat, and they’re well-deserving of being in the Hall of Fame. The infamous Shoeless Joe Jackson’s “Black Betsy” weighed in at 40 ounces, giving him a career .348 batting average. If it weren’t for that whole Black Sox thing, Jackson would undoubtedly be in Cooperstown.
The other is 1964 National League Rookie of the Year and 1972 American League MVP Dick Allen, who used a 40-ouncer to win that Rookie of the Year award when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Allen hit 351 home runs in his career and sadly passed away last year while still waiting to take his rightful spot in the Hall.
A couple of Yankee greats weren’t shy about opting for the thick stick. The “Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig hit 493 career home runs in his illustrious career, with some of those taters coming from a 41.5-ounce bat. Unfortunately, Gehrig could not reach the 500-home run club due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio often used a 42-ounce bat throughout his career, bringing him three MVP awards and numerous World Series championships. Although his baseball career was immaculate, his work off the field might have been more spectacular, with Marilyn Monroe and all.
On record, one former Chicago White Sox Hall of Famer used a certified tree trunk when he went to bat. Edd Roush hauled a 48-ounce monster to the plate, giving him a .323 batting average in his 18-year career.
You’ll need to take the “Colossus of Clout” at his word when he said he used a 54-ounce behemoth. Babe Ruth tried several bats in his career, including a 46-ouncer for the first home run in the “house that Ruth built” in 1923. However, the Babe stated he tried a 54-ounce bat in the early stages of his career. If anyone could have handled a bat that size, it certainly would have been George Herman Ruth.
These baseball players who used the heaviest bats all have one thing in common. Outside of Dick Allen, they all played the game over 80 years ago. I’m willing to bet using a heavy bat back in the Deadball Era was a little easier when pitchers were probably topping out at 75 MPH. Therefore, the odds of anyone using a bat as heavy as these again are slim to none.