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1921-1931 Lefty O'Doul Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00
Lefty O'Doul H&B signature model (pre model #) bat exhibits heavy game use including an eight-inch handle crack, minor chipping on the knob, and deadwood on the barrel. Ten vintage nails have been applied to the front of the barrel. The manufacturer's stampings are distinct and deeply defined. Traces of very faint side writing (not O'Doul's name) remain visible on the barrel. Although most of the side writing is illegible, both the date, "7-30-39," and first name, "Wes," are still discernible. O'Doul was one of the game's best hitters during his brief Major League career, hitting .398 in 1929 and finishing with a .349 lifetime average. During the mid 1930s he returned to the Pacific Coast League where he starred as a player/manager with the San Francisco Seals. To us, O'Doul's record, great contributions as an ambassador to the game, and his contributions to the Pacific Coast League make him worthy of the Hall of Fame, though it appears unlikely he will ever be enshrined in Cooperstown. A rare game bat from this Bay Area legend. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 39 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of five, with three points added for use, and one point deducted, respectively, for the nails, and the fact that a name other than O'Doul appears within the text of the side writing). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $464.00
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