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1943-1949 Stan Hack Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $522.00
This Hillerich & Bradsby signature model K55 baseball bat shows evidence of heavy game use including cleat marks and deadwood on the back of the barrel. The handle was professionally repaired. This is a particularly fascinating one-of-a-kind model. H&B shipping records indicate one order (of eighteen) of these bats was sent to Hack on April 6, 1945, though this bat is actually unique in that it was specially modified for Hack by H&B. SCD Authentic notes this bat as originally made was actually 35 inches long, and was cut down to 33.75 inches by H&B for Hack for a trial period. This is specifically noted on the factory records as "(35 oz), 1 bat (trial)." There is some severe denting on the barrel (not related to game use) and minor chips missing from his name on the barrel. Stan Hack was one of the most popular players of his day. He played sixteen seasons with the Chicago Cubs and batted over .300 seven times in his career. Hack retired in 1943, in part because he didn't get along with Cubs manager Jimmy Wilson. When Wilson was fired early in 1944, Charlie Grimm returned and coaxed Stan Hack out of retirement. In 1945 Hack hit a career-high .323, helping the Cubs to a National League pennant for a fourth time. Length: 33.75 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A7.5. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $522.00
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