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06-17-2006, 07:55 AM
I know Cal primarily used 35" bats throughout his career. Did he ever order 34" bats, specifically P72's?
I have an P72 two-toned 86-89 and a P72 hickory 91-97 which I need clarification on.
Your help is appreciated. Thanks.

06-17-2006, 02:16 PM
During 1986-1989 labeling period, only 3 orders of P72 Riopken model bats are documented as being shipped in Ripken's personal factory records--all were shipped to Baseball Miscellaneous, and none had a two-toned (probably Walker) finish. The orders totaled only four bats.

During the 1991-1997 labeling period, no 34 inch bats of any model were sent to Ripken for professional use. All 34 inch bats of any model including P72 (in numerous finishes) were sent to promotional companies such as Baseball Express, Ike Company, Tufton Group, and a few others. The Orioles themselves ordered 84 Ripken 34 inch P72 bats (Black Finish) in 1995 for a promotional event.

Any suggested use of 34 inch bats from either of these two labeling periods is not supported by documented evidence in Ripken's H & B factory records.

Hope this helps...

Mike Jackitout7@aol.com