Cooper model C271 was used by Dan Howitt with the Oakland Athletics between 1990 and 1992. The bat shows excellent use with a handle crack. Many ball marks, seam impressions, and ink transfers are visible on the right and back barrel surfaces. The right barrel has very slight grain swelling from repeated contact. The handle has traces of pine tar and the lower portion is shaved/scored for grip. A splintered crack with small sliver missing is present at the mid-handle. The knob has typical Cooper factory markings for length & weight (34″ 31 OZ) and Howitt’s #23 is written in black marker. Nothing is written on the barrel end.
Howitt is best known as the player that got the final hit off Nolan Ryan when he hit a grand slam home run on September 22, 1993, in Ryan’s final appearance at the Seattle Kingdome. It was the last game of Ryan’s career and Howitt was the second to last batter he ever faced (Ryan injured his arm facing the next batter and left the game before completing the at-bat).