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1910s-1960s Game-Used/Sidewritten Bat Lot of (11) With Hack, H. Davis and Silvestri

Lot Number 483

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Description

Wielded by players and mentors with a few “fallen soldiers” sidewritten in request for additional models, these (11) tried and true white ash weapons hail from the 1910s through the 1960s. Included are MEARS or PSA/DNA full photo LOAs accompanying lumber brandished by: H. Davis, Hack, R. Radcliffe, E. Robinson, Sauer, Silvestri and Virgil. More on our website.

Joe Brown 1929 Sidewritten Bat a (38-oz/35”) white ash weapon with no visible manufacturer’s stampings/identifiers and nipples on the knob and barrel end. Evidence of heavy use includes checking on the barrel. A grease pencil “side written” notation reads “3 2 29 35in Joe Brown 3 2 29 Shreveport La BB,” indicating Brown’s request for additional examples for use with the Texas League’s Shreveport Sports.

Harry Davis 1936 Game-Used Sidewritten Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (35.4-oz/35”) signature model with a rich brown patina. Heavy use is evident with a 7” handle crack. The barrel is home to a grease pencil “side written” notation of “Harry H. Davis 5-28-36.” This was undoubtedly rendered by Hillerich & Bradsby employee Henry Morrow, who made these markings in the request for additional models to be turned and sent to the player. Graded A9 by MEARS. Comes with a full photo LOA from MEARS.

Clyde Engle 1917-1921 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (36.8-oz/35-1/4”) block-letter (last name only) bat likely used by Engle during a post-career spring training session. The “dash-dot-dash” center brand dates to 1917-1921, though Engle did not appear in the Major or minor leagues after the 1916 season. The war club shows incredible use with multiple surface marks, an 8” H-shaped handle crack and a series of vintage bat boy nails driven to mend checking on the barrel. There are lathe marks on both the knob and barrel end.

Stan Hack 1954-1958 Manager’s Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “H143” (33-oz/35”) signature model bat employed by Hack in a managerial capacity. Heavy use is evident with ball, bat-rack, cleat and deeply embedded stitch marks on the barrel, as well as an 11” H-shaped handle crack. Assessed “Authentic” by MEARS. Comes with a full photo LOA from MEARS.

Oris Hockett 1940 Game-Used Sidewritten Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (33.2-oz/34-1/2”) model (barrel stampings have been stripped and obscured). The hitting surface is home to a grease pencil “side written” notation of “34 Oris Hackett 5 23 40” with an illegible inscription just below. On the handle, a crack mended by vintage bat boy nails represents the bat’s demise. Hockett, playing for the Southern Association’s Nashville Volunteers that season, sent the bat to the H&B factory, where Henry Morrow made the side written notation in a request for additional models.

Les Peden 1950-1960 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “M159” (41.2-oz/36”) block-letter (last name only) model. The uncracked war club shows heavy use (likely during Peden’s lengthy minor league career or 1953 tenure with the Washington Senators) with surface marks throughout.

Rip Radcliffe 1949 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “R46” (32.5-oz/34”) signature model bat with a Hornsby-style knob. Significant use is evident with ball and deeply embedded stitch marks throughout, as well as an 11” handle crack secured by vintage bat boy nails. Graded A7 by MEARS. Comes with a full photo LOA from MEARS.

Ed Robinson 1960-1964 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “W101” (30-oz/34-1/4”) block-letter (full name) bat. Evidence of heavy use includes ball, cleat and deeply embedded stitch marks about the barrel. Graded A8 by MEARS, the bat is accompanied by the original mailing box addressed to Robinson at Austin Peay State College. This was likely ordered by Robinson in a post-career coaching capacity. Full photo LOA from MEARS.

Hank Sauer 1946-1949 Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “H4” (39.7-oz/36”) signature model with a flare knob. The white ash weapon show heavy use with ball, bat-rack, cleat and stitch marks throughout, as well as a handle crack mended by (2) vintage nails. The use is categorized as “Sandlot,” as it was clearly used extensively after it was acquired from Sauer. While this does not call into question the authenticity of the bat, any Major League use by Sauer cannot be determined due to abrasions and flaws to the finish. Full photo LOA from John Taube, PSA/DNA.

Ken Silvestri 1939-1941 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby (35-oz/35”) block-letter (last name only) model showing heavy use in the form of ball, bat-rack, cleat and deeply embedded stitch marks throughout. Graded A8 by MEARS. Comes with full photo LOA from MEARS.

Ozzie Virgil 1953-1960 Game-Used Bat a Hillerich & Bradsby “S28” (31.2-oz/34-1/4”) block-letter (last name only) model with evidence of significant use that includes ball and deeply embedded stitch marks about the barrel, as well as a handle crack whose length has been obscured by an application of athletic tape. Graded A8 by MEARS. Comes with a full photo LOA from MEARS.

 
 
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