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1921-1931 George Sisler Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $3,190.00
The offered H&B signature model (predating model numbers) bat displays heavy use including an 8.5-inch wrap of vintage black tape on the handle. Three of the letters in Sisler's facsimile signature on the barrel are lightly stamped; however, the signature remains extremely legible. The bat displays evidence of heavy wear, with two extremely minor chips in the knob and a number of light surface indentations about the barrel. No cracks are visible, but the possibility exists that one is hidden beneath the tape. George Sisler began his career as a pitcher, but, like Ruth, his hitting talents soon outweighed his value on the mound. Sisler batted over .300 for fifteen consecutive years, from 1916 until his retirement in 1930. In 1920 he posted a League-leading average of .407 and in 1922 bested that mark by batting a career high .420 (tying him for the seventh best season average of all time). His record for hits in a season (257) stood the test of time for eighty-four years before being broken by Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. One of the greatest hitters in history, Sisler finished his career with a lifetime average of .340 (fourteenth on the all-time list). He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. Length: 36 inches. Weight: 40 ounces. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of five, with three points added for use, and two points deducted for the minor chips in knob, light signature stamp, and light surface indentations on barrel). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$3,000. SOLD FOR $3,190.00
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