Hillerich & Bradsby model R43 was used by Lou Whitaker with the Detroit Tigers in 1978 or 1979. The bat shows light use with a handle crack. A few ball marks and light surface marks are present on the right barrel surface. There is substantial wear to the finish which makes determining the level of professional use difficult and it is likely that the bat did have some post professional use. The handle shows no pine tar and it is cracked. Nothing is written on either end. The knob is chipped.
Tough rookie era Whitaker bat is not in the best condition for determining game use and is priced accordingly. The bat was sourced from a seller in eastern Michigan, roughly 60 miles from Detroit.