Having endured a franchise-long run of 12 successive losing seasons (a run extended 16 years), the 1959 Chicago Cubs retained the services of the oft-abrasive Rogers Hornsby in a mentor capacity. While they finished fifth that season as their South Side counterparts took the American League flag, that years Cubbies did manage their highest win total (77) in seven seasons. The offered bat was issued to backstop Sammy Taylor that year and subsequently autographed by (26) members of that Wrigley Field-based squad. The Hillerich & Bradsby (31-oz/35) D114 uncracked signature model bat shows minimal use with a tan patina and flare knob. Executed on the barrel, the blue ballpoint signatures average (5-6) strength and clarity and include: Altman, Anderson, Averill (son), Banks (5), Boudreau (announcer, 6-7), Buzhardt, Ceccarelli, Dark, Donnelly, Eaddy, Fitzsimmons (coach), Henry, Hobbie, Hornsby (coach, 7), Long, Marshall, Moryn, Myatt (coach), Neeman, Noren, Schult, Tappe, Taylor, Thomson, Walls, and B. Williams (3). Full photo LOA from JSA (for autographs only).
Note: the JSA LOA mistakenly lists the signatures as being those of the 1958 Chicago Cubs, the inclusion of several names, most notably Ceccarelli, Jackson and B. Williams, narrow the possibilities to the latter portion of the 1959 season.