To our knowledge, only ONE Weaver game-used bat has ever previously surfaced in the hobby—a 1911-15 model that sold for over $50,000 in 2008. Now it is with great pride that we unveil the second known Weaver bat in existence—a post-career gamer whose origins can be traced to a decade after the Black Sox member's eternal banishment from professional play, when his deep love of the game spurred the heartbroken Weaver to settle for semipro ball. He had already made several failed attempts at major-league reinstatement—most notably after Cobb and Speaker were exonerated from gambling charges—and a 1927 newspaper article heralded his semipro arrival with these words:
"Buck Weaver, once the idol of south side fans, is to return to recognized baseball if not organized baseball from which he was barred for life in connection with the 1919 world series scandal. The former White Sox third baseman has been signed to play infield with the Niesens, a Chicago semi-pro team...It has been Weaver's dream of years again to appear before Chicago fans, who rated him as one of the greatest players who ever wore a Sox uniform."
Measuring 34-1/2" and 30.9 oz., the bone-rubbed ash bat shows excellent use with a handle crack, a 1-1/4 x 1/4" piece missing from the handle, and ball marks/stitch impressions and cleat impressions on the barrel. As quoted from PSA/DNA's Graded GU9 LOA, "An outstanding feature of the bat is the appearance of factory side writing on the left barrel bearing Weaver's name and the date the bat was received by Louisville Slugger [6-2-32]...The player name and return date are fairly clear and confirm the bat as being returned by Weaver himself to Louisville Slugger." What's more, whereas the other known Weaver game-used bat offered side writing alone, this example even goes above and beyond with its blazingly engraved, highly displayable block-lettering of "Bucky Weaver."
By all accounts, poor Buck never actually participated in the 1919 World Series fix, instead contributing a stellar .324 average with 11 hits, 4 doubles, 4 runs and no errors. Nonetheless, Commissioner Landis chose to make an example of him, stating, "...no player who sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it will ever play professional baseball." Up to the very end of his life, Weaver fought to clear his name...to no avail. He died of a heart attack in 1956 at age 65.