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1955 Pee Wee Reese Pro-Model World Series Bat
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $9,400
Rare and highly significant Adirondack block-letter model "136B" specially produced for use by Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese during the 1955 World Series. The bat features both the name "Reese" and "World Series 1955" stamped on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain distinct and legible, and the bat displays appropriate light use. World Series pro-model bats are not only rare (normally, only two were issued to each participant) but also highly prized by collectors, especially those issued to prominent Hall of Fame players such as Reese, due to their inherent provenance. The fact that this bat dates from the legendary 1955 World Series, in which the Dodgers finally overcame years of frustration to win not only their first World Championship in franchise history, but their only championship while in Brooklyn, adds to its significance. This is the only Pee Wee Reese World Series bats we have ever seen and it may very well represent the only surviving example. Reese was one of the hitting stars for Brooklyn in the 1955 World Series. The diminutive team captain batted .296 with a team-high eight hits, five runs, and two RBI in helping the Dodgers defeat the Yankees in seven games. A ten-time All-Star, Reese was the unquestioned leader of the fabled "Boys of Summer" and one of the most popular players in Dodgers team history. Despite his many on-field achievements, Reese's most noteworthy accomplishment may have taken place in the clubhouse. It was Reese, in his acceptance of Jackie Robinson in 1947, who helped stem the tide of resentment that had been brewing in the Dodgers' locker room, thereby allowing Branch Rickey to successfully conduct his "Great Experiment." This is certainly one of the finest Reese bats imaginable and one that would be a prized highlight in any substantial Hall of Fame bat or Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia collection, and a tangible reminder of that fateful time in Brooklyn Dodger history when next year finally arrived. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $9,400
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