Sammy Sosa took baseball my storm, along with Mark McGwire, during their epic home run battle in 1998. Sosa's home run barrage continued for
several seasons, pushing him past 600 home runs before his career was over. As a result, gamers—especially those used during that time period—are
prized by collectors. Although Sosa used various bat brands towards the end of his career, he used both Louisville Sluggers (block letter) and
Rawlings Adirondack (signature contract) bats the most, preferring the latter more. Perhaps the most interesting aspect to Sosa gamers is his unique
tape application to the knobs of his bats. Sosa would pad and tape the knobs of many of his bats in very dramatic fashion.
In most cases, the application would cover the entire underside of the knob, but you can find bats with his uniform number (21) marked
on the barrel end. He did wear numbers "17" (Texas Rangers) and "25" (Chicago White Sox) earlier in his career. You will also notice that
many of his well-used gamers have some remnants of pine tar along the handle, but most of them do not feature a heavy application. For a time,
Sosa provided game-used bats through ASI (Authentic Sports Investments). This included autographed, documented home run bats amongst other items.
These bats can be found with a specially-designed Sosa sticker and LOA.