Found: Jeff Francoeur’s Little League Bat

While attending a few garage sales in my hometown in Kansas, I seemed to have come across a relic that is many miles from its home: Jeff Francoeur‘s little league bat, a PRO-LINE Little League SUPER-LITE Georgia Cracker, made in Atlanta, GA, Size 9.

It is the fabled bat that Jeff used to swing at pitches in the Atlanta area. It didn’t matter if he missed the ball or hit a warning track pop up, he always loved his Georgia Cracker. It was rumored lost when his parents had a garage sale after he joined the Braves in 2002. It was spotted a few times, but no one knew for sure of its location or owner.

I feel fortunate to have found the bat and hope to make a pilgrimage up I-35 to return the bat to its iconic owner soon. I will enjoy having it in my possession for a little while and maybe, just maybe, go take a few swings with it.




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Jeff writes for FanGraphs, The Hardball Times and Royals Review, as well as his own website, Baseball Heat Maps with his brother Darrell. In tandem with Bill Petti, he won the 2013 SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.


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TheBigDawg
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TheBigDawg
5 years 4 months ago

That’s not Frenchy’s bat, it has scuffs on the sweet spot.

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu
5 years 4 months ago

Am I missing the joke? Is this a 100% serious post? I honestly can’t tell.

eric
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eric
5 years 4 months ago

wait, seriously?

My echo and bunnymen
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My echo and bunnymen
5 years 3 months ago

Georgia….. Cracker……

Mike
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Mike
5 years 3 months ago

really? I’ve always loved those little square treats. Good on them!

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