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Extraordinary 1922 Rogers Hornsby Side-Written Pro Model Jake Daubert Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,930.00
Offered is a unique pro model bat that was originally issued to former National League batting champion Jake Daubert and then later used and returned to the H&B factory in 1922 by Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby. The H&B signature model bat dates to the 1917-1921 manufacturing period and bears the facsimile signature of Jake Daubert on the barrel. The center brand features the company's name with a "dash-dot-dash" pattern below. Despite having been originally ordered by Daubert, the bat can be traced back directly to Hornsby's hands due to the presence of the unmistakable factory recordings written on the side of the barrel. There, the bat's former history is brought to full light in the form of a vintage grease pencil notation reading "Hornsby Model 7-20-22, St. Louis, Nat'l League." The bat, which features lathe marks on both the knob and end of the barrel, displays heavy use including ball marks, cleat marks and an eight-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired with one vintage nail. Remnants of the original shipping label are still visible on the barrel. 1922 represented an extraordinary year for Rogers Hornsby. He earned the first of his two Triple Crowns by batting .401 with career high totals in both home runs (42) and RBI (152). He also led the league in hits (250), doubles (46), and runs (141). The only offensive category that Hornsby did not lead the league in was triples, and it is especially fascinating to note that the player who did lead the league in triples was non other than Jake Daubert, with twenty-two triples. Thus, the two players associated with this unique bat were responsible for leading the league in every significant offensive category for the 1922 season, the year from which this bat dates! How many of those hits and home runs were recorded by Hornsby with this bat will never be known, but Daubert's bat certainly suited Hornsby, otherwise he wouldn't have sent it back to the factory to have others made for him matching these precise specifications. Although they weren't teammates, Daubert, who was at the tail end of his career in 1922, was certainly one of the players who Hornsby would have sought out for advice. Daubert too was a former batting champion, having led the National League in hitting in 1913 and 1914, and it stands to reason that the two would have spent plenty of time at the batting cage "talking shop." This is an outstanding dual-player bat and one that is accompanied by the provenance of having passed through the hands of two former National League batting champions prior to its return to the H&B vaults. Graded A9.5 by MEARS (with a half point deducted for the crack). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,930.00
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