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Lot # 996 (of 1525)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1921-1931 Al Simmons Side Written Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $10,440.00

Exceedingly rare Hillerich & Bradsby signature model (pre model #) bat, dating from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period, exhibits heavy game use including ball and cleat marks. The manufacturer's stampings are distinct and deeply defined. This bat originated directly from the H&B vaults and is clearly side written "(A Simms 1931 model) Al. Simmons. 4-13-37 Washington" on the back of the barrel in vintage grease pencil. Simmons disliked "Powerized" bats during this era which explains why the familiar stamping does not appear to the right of the center brand. Al Simmons was one of the best hitting outfielders in baseball for more than a decade, starting in 1924. He drove in at least 100 runs in each of his first eleven seasons in the majors. On the field Simmons was a warrior, intent on damaging the enemy and demolishing pitchers with his bat, stifling rallies with his glove, and upsetting infielders with take-out slides. He was best known for his odd batting stance, which earned him the name "Bucketfoot Al." He finished his career with a lifetime batting average of .334. Simmons was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953. This is the finest Al Simmons game bat known to exist. Side writing such as that which appears on this bat is very significant. It is essentially the moral equivalent of having a letter of authenticity from Simmons himself, and decisively places the bat in his hands at the time. Length: 36.75 inches. Weight: 35 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A10. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $10,440.00

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