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Lot # 1002 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1942 Marty Marion Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,508.00

Exceptionally scarce Hillerich & Bradsby two-toned, signature model (pre model #) bat exhibits heavy game use including ball, stitch, cleat, and bat rack marks. The barrel and handle have both been scored. A light coat of pine tar has been applied to the handle (uncracked) to aid in grip. H&B shipping records indicate one order of these two-tone bats were sent to Marion on 7/14/42. This bat originates from the personal collection of Harry Walker, who was a teammate of Marion with the Cardinals from 1940 to 1943. The bat shows evidence of ball marks on both sides of the barrel, which suggests that a righty and lefty batter used this bat. Walker batted from the left side and Marion batted from the right side of the plate, adding to the history and provenance of this bat. Marion was the premier defensive National League shortstop of his day, named to eight consecutive National League All-Star squads and winning the MVP award in 1944. With Marion at shortstop, the Cardinals won four pennants, three World Championships, and, from 1941 through 1949, never finished lower than second. One of only two known examples once used by Marion, dating from the Cardinals World Championship season of 1942. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 33 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A10. LOA from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,508.00

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