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1955-1959 Enos Slaughter Pro-Model Bat - Highest-Graded Example
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $1,762.50
Enos Slaughter H&B signature model "M110" bat from the 1950-1960 manufacturing period. Graded A8 by MEARS; only one graded at this level, with none graded higher. The bat displays moderate use including surface marks and rack marks. Slaughter's uniform number ("17") is written in faded black marker on the knob. The manufacturing period for this bat can be more narrowly defined to the five-year span 1955-1959 based upon both the factory shipping records and the uniform number on the knob. Factory records indicate that Slaughter first ordered model "M110" bats, matching this bat's specifications, on 7/7/55 and he continued ordering them every year through 1960. Slaughter played with the Yankees from 1954 through 1959, but during that period he was traded to the A's in mid season of 1955 and then traded back to the Yankees in mid season of 1956. As a Yankee, he always wore number "17," but while with Kansas City, he wore number "33." In mid season of 1959 he was traded from the Yankees to the Milwaukee Braves, where he was issued number "25." Therefore, the bat cannot only be narrowly defined to 1955-1959, but can be even more narrowly be dated to Slaughter's tenure with the New York Yankees. "Country" Slaughter was one of the top hitters of his era, but he is best known today for his "Mad Dash" in the 1946 World Series that helped St. Louis defeat Boston. He finished his nineteen-year career with a .300 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1985. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 30.5 ounces. Graded A8 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 2 points for use and one point for the uniform number on the knob). This is one of only two Enos Slaughter pro-model bats in the MEARS population report and it stands as the highest graded example. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,762.50
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