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1932 Bill Wambsganss Pro-Model Bat - Only Example Ever Graded by MEARS
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,292.50
On October 10, 1920, while performing on baseball's biggest stage, Cleveland Indians second baseman Bill Wambsganss forever immortalized his name by completing the only unassisted triple play in World Series history. The remarkable feat occurred in Game 5 of the Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped lead the Indians to an 8-1 victory. Although he enjoyed a very successful thirteen-year Major League career (1914-1926), his fame today rests solely upon that historic play. Offered here is a rare and desirable Bill Wambsganss pro-model bat dating to his 1932 season with Ft. Wayne of the Central League that also holds the distinction of being the only Wambsganss pro-model bat ever graded by MEARS. The H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers) can be directly pinpointed to the year 1932 due to the "Bone Rubbed" stamping directly below the word "Powerized" on the barrel (a one-year stamping only used by the company in 1932). The bat displays significant use including grain swelling, surface marks, cleat marks, moderate dead wood on the reverse of the barrel, and a four-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired by eight vintage nails. A total of seventeen small vintage nails have been applied to the dead wood on the back of the barrel. The bat has also been scored through the center brand. During the postwar era, it was not uncommon for Major League players to continue playing professional ball after their Major League careers were over. Wambsganss played in the minors from 1927 through 1932 before officially retiring after his 1932 season with Ft. Wayne. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 32.2 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 5, plus 3 points for use, but minus 1 point for the handle crack and minus 1 point for the nails along the reverse of the barrel). This is a fascinating item from one of baseball's immortal names. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,292.50
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