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1928-1930 Jim Bottomley Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $6,463
This Jim Bottomley H&B signature-model bat (predating model numbers), which has been graded GU8 by PSA/DNA, conforms to the general 1921-1931 manufacturing period; however, nuances within the barrel stampings allow it to be more narrowly dated to the three-year period 1928-1930. Ideally, Bottomley enjoyed three of this finest seasons during that span. The 1928 season marked the high-point of Bottomley's career. In addition to batting .325 he also recorded both career and league-high totals in triples (20) and home runs (31), while posting a league-leading 136 RBI. Those numbers not only helped power the Cardinals to their second National League championship in three years, but also earned Bottomley MVP honors at season's end. (Bottomley is still the only player in baseball history to record twenty or more doubles, triples, and home runs in the same season.) Bottomley produced similar numbers the following year, finishing the season with a .314 average, 29 home runs, and a career-high 137 RBI. "Sunny Jim" closed out that three-year span in 1930 by leading the Cardinals to yet another pennant while batting .304 with 15 home runs and 97 RBI. The offered bat displays ample evidence of Bottomley's productivity at the plate during that time in the form of numerous ball and stitch marks on the right, left, and back of the barrel, as well as cleat marks and a professionally repaired crack (indeterminate length) in the handle. Additionally, a few small depressions are visible on the right side of the barrel. Bottomley finished his sixteen-year career (1922-1937) with 219 home runs, 1,422 RBI, and a .310 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. Length: 34 inches. Weight: 35.3 ounces. Bottomley bats are rare. This is not only an outstanding Bottomley bat with respect to its dating and use, but also the first example we have ever offered. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $6,463
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