For as long as big leaguers have cleared the fences and rounded the bases, diamond aspirants have hit the sandlots with retail bats turned to the specifications of their heroes. These (4) vintage examples are a welcome addition to any lumber collection! Includes:
George Sisler 1915-1925 turned by “Spalding,” this Autograph Series (35”, 43.8-oz) model features the Hall of Famer’s facsimile signature stamping and an “NL” engraving as part of the prominent center brand. Tremendous use is evident with ball and surface marks throughout, as well as grain swelling and minimal checking about the hitting surface. There are no visible cracks, although a 12-1/4” layer of vintage athletic tape conceals the handle. A vintage manufacturer’s stamping is found on the Hornsby style knob, which has a series of chips along its perimeter.
Al Simmons 1933-1934 a Hillerich & Bradsby (35”35-oz) signature model. This uncracked relic is in gorgeous condition! Minimal (if any) use is evident with a few minor surface marks on the barrel. The knob features a “35”” stamping and the handle has a 12-1/2” textured layer to facilitate grip. The deep and defined center brand appears as it did the day it hit the sporting goods store shelf! A gold-colored “Powerized” stamping accompanies.
Paul Waner 1933-1934 a Hillerich & Bradsby (34”, 34.8-oz) signature model with a deep brown patina and prominent stampings. This one shows moderate to heavy use with surface marks throughout, as well as grain swelling and checking about the hitting surface and a hairline handle crack whose length is obscure by a 5” layer of vintage athletic tape. Additionally, there is a “34”” factory stamping and some scratch marks on the Hornsby style knob.
Jackie Robinson 1965-1968 a Hillerich & Bradsby (35”, 35.9-oz) signature model bat with “JR5” retail stamping on the knob and “Flame Tempered” stamping (a telltale indicator of retail status) just to the right of the center brand. This one features a decidedly thick handle, as was Robinson’s preference on his own gamers. Heavy use is evident with ball and surface marks throughout, as well as a 6” slice of wood missing from the hitting surface and a thin handle crack of 3”.