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Grissom’s Bat Heads to Cooperstown

October 23, 1997

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Marquis Grissom’s bat ran out of hits, so he handed it over to the Hall of Fame.

Grissom, whose World Series hitting streak ended at 15 games Wednesday night, said he didn’t even know he had a hitting streak. His bat will go on display in Cooperstown.

``I didn’t know what was going on, to tell you the truth,″ said Grissom, who was 0-for-4 in Cleveland’s 10-3 victory over the Florida Marlins in Game 4. ``I care about winning. I don’t care about all that other stuff.″

Grissom, acquired with David Justice from Atlanta in the trade for Kenny Lofton, had gotten a hit in all 15 World Series games he’d played. The only player with a longer streak was Hank Bauer of the New York Yankees, who had a 17-game streak from 1956-58.

Grissom came in with the highest World Series average of any player with more than 40 at-bats. After going 0-for-4, his average fell from .452 to .424 _ second to Bobby Brown of New York, who batted .439 in the late 1940s and early ’50s.

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