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Lot 448
 
Description: Exceptional Jackie Robinson professional model baseball bat c.1953. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 34 1/2"" long and weighs 35.42 oz. The bat exhibits wonderful evidence of use inclusive of multiple ball marks, stitching impressions, rack marks, cleat marks, and small area of grain swelling at back of barrel. Handle area has a professionally restored crack. Model number S100 is stamped on knob end along with an exceedingly rare "42" in black ink. While the "42" does have some chipping it is only the second such example which we have encountered having Robinson's vaunted uniform number on the knob end. The offered bat, along with the Roy Campanella game bat within this auction, was obtained during a game played at the Polo Grounds in New York between the NY Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers. Two brothers, ages 7 and 9, went down to the Dodgers dugout after the game and were given the Campanella and Robinson bats. The brothers were life long Brooklyn Dodger fans and have had the bats in their possession until their current offering. Jackie Robinson epitomizes the very essence of the phrase "changing history." His path to immortality was filled with adversity, challenges, rewards, defeats, and ultimately success as he became the first African American player in the history of Major League baseball. Robinson entered the game of baseball some 60 years ago, which does not seem significantly far in the past, that is, unless one considers the dramatic social and political changes that have occurred since. This timeless baseball artifact is being offered to the public for the first time from the original recipient. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions and letter of provenance from the original recipient: EX
Estimated Price Range: ($30,000-$40,000)
Current EST:  10/23/14 2:35:49 AM
 
  Sold for Price: $55,000.00  
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