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1950-1951 Dom DiMaggio Pro-Model Bat

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940

This Dom DiMaggio H&B signature model "O1" bat dates from the 1950-1960 labeling period; however, factory records can more narrowly date it to the years 1950-1951. The bat measures 34 inches in length and weighs 34.5 ounces. H&B factory shipping records indicate that DiMaggio first ordered model "O1" bats on July 28, 1950, and continued to receive them through March 29, 1951. In examining those records, the offered bat is most consistent with an order of 34-inch, 34-ounce model "O1" bats shipped to DiMaggio on March 29, 1951. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks, and a six-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired with two vintage nail. Although much of his career was spent in the shadow of his more famous brother, Joe, Dom DiMaggio was an outstanding player in his own right and one of the top outfielders of his day. Fleet afoot, DiMaggio excelled both in the field and at the plate and was a seven-time All-Star during his eleven-year career, all of which was spent with Boston. 1950 and 1951 represented two of his finest seasons. "The Little Professor" batted .328 in 1950 with 7 home runs, 70 RBI, and a League-leading 131 runs. The following season he was equally impressive at the plate, batting .296 with 12 home runs, 72 RBI, and a League-leading 113 runs. He also attempted to steal a little bit of his brother Joe's thunder that season by forging a 34-game hitting streak. He retired after the 1953 season with a .298 lifetime average. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade with 3 points added for use and 1 point subtracted for the handle crack/nails). This is one of just four Dom DiMaggio bats listed in the MEARS census. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $940

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