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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Jonny Gomes’s (b. 1980) Victus Sports Maple Series bat (33.5"), 2013. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (081.00.00)

Twenty-First-Century Bat

Compared with the mushroom handle bat, typical bats have a dramatically tapered barrel for a better grip, which can be enhanced with pine tar and textured tape. The knob-like end is flat, as seen here, or angled. Red Sox left fielder Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer with this bat in Game 4 of the 2013 World Series as Boston defeated the St. Louis Cardinals and later went on to win the title.