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Circa 1920 Rogers Hornsby Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $1,972.00
Rogers Hornsby pro model bat produced by the Zinn Beck Bat Co. Rogers Hornsby, much like many other players from the era, was not an exclusive user of H&B bats, a fact firmly attested to by this offered example. The model "100" bat features the name "Hornsby" stamped in block letters directly below the diamond-shaped center brand label. A Zinn Beck patent stamp appears on the knob. Evidence of heavy use is displayed along its entire length in the form of ball marks, cleat marks, slight deadwood on the reverse end of the barrel and a seven-inch crack in the handle that has been repaired with four vintage nails. Additionally, there are two very slight chips in the knob and a small dent along the back of the barrel. Side-written examples of both Zinn Beck model "100" and "100 Extra Special" bats have been found in the H&B vaults (submitted by both Major and Minor League players), thus confirming their status as pro model bats. It is also important to note that all of those discovered side-written examples are similar to the offered bat in that they too displayed the company's patent stamp on the knob. After an auspicious rookie season with the Cardinals in 1916, Rogers Hornsby quickly blossomed into the finest all-around hitter in baseball. The famed "Rajah" led the National League in hitting for six consecutive seasons beginning in 1920. Over the course of that span, he twice topped the .400 mark, won two Triple Crowns and led the league in RBI four times. Universally regarded as the greatest right handed hitter in history, Hornsby finished his career with a .358 lifetime average, second only to Cobb. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 37.75 ounces. The bat has been graded A4 by MEARS due to a lack of factory records (standard for all bats from this period) and the presence of the aforementioned dent/deadwood on the reverse of the barrel. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing and Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $1,972.00
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