Long before he spoiled Bill Bevens’ 1947 World Series no-hit bid in his final big league season, Cookie Lavagetto brandished this weapon during his 1934 rookie campaign. The (34.2-oz/35”) white ash weapon has no manufacturer’s markings, but does have grease pencil “sidewriting” notations of “35 Harry Lavagetto 4 14 34 Pittsburgh BC.” These markings were, with high probability, rendered by Hillerich & Bradsby employee Henry Morrow, who employed this practice in the duplication of bats that were to players’ likings.
The bat is uncracked and shows moderate use with bat-rack and surface marks throughout. Though there are no visible manufacturer’s stampings or identifiers, it is presumed to be a Hillerich & Bradsby model, merely because of Morrow’s sidewriting. The date listed (“4 14 34”), incidentally, was three days before Lavagetto made his Major League debut. There are lathe marks on both the knob and barrel end.