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1934-1937 Rogers Hornsby Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $3,525.00
Addendum: After further research, MEARS has determined that this bat dates from the 1934-1937 manufacturing period. The catalog title and description mistakenly date the bat to 1937 only. A detailed two-page analysis from MEARS accompanies the bat.
Rogers Hornsby H&B signature-model bat (predating model numbers) dating from the 1934-1943 manufacturing period. Based upon factory records, this particular bat, measuring 34.75 inches and weighing 32.8 ounces, was only ordered by Hornsby in 1937, which was his final season in the Major Leagues. The bat displays significant use along its entire length including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, rack marks, cleat marks, and grain swelling. A 9-inch crack in the handle has been repaired by four small nails which were later "plugged over" with wood putty. The letter "M" (meaning unknown) has been carved in the knob. Hornsby was player/manager of the St. Louis Browns in 1937 but was fired after only seventy-five games. Despite the fact that he was forty-one years old and his best days were clearly behind him, the famed "Rajah" still managed to squeeze in fifty-six plate appearances. Not surprisingly, Hornsby proved that he hadn't lost his batting eye by posting a .321 average with 1 home run and 11 RBI. Could this bat have been used by Hornsby to make his final hit #2930? It is possible, but of course we will never know for sure. Hornsby was the greatest right-handed hitter who ever lived and is one of only two modern-day players to bat over .400 in a season three times (Ty Cobb is the other). Included among his many achievements are seven batting titles, two Triple Crowns, and a .358 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1942. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade with 3 points added for use and 1 point subtracted for both the plugged nail holes and the "M" carved in the knob). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,525.00
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