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1920s Mickey Cochrane Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $812.00
This Mickey Cochrane "Batrite" pro model bat features the company's distinctive center brand logo and the name "Cochrane" stamped on the barrel in block letters. The number "35" (the bat's length) is stamped on the knob. The Hanna Manufacturing Co., makers of "Batrite" bats, was one of a few smaller firms competing against H&B for a share of the lucrative Major League market. While they never did unseat their competitors as the bat of choice for most pro players, a number of big-name stars were known to have used their bats for at least a portion of their career. This particular bat, which is the company's top-of-the-line model, matches other known Cochrane pro model bats from the era with regard to specific player characteristics. Also important to note is that this particular bat, featuring just the player's last name on the barrel and an inch number on the knob (as opposed to a patent date), was not a bat offered in the company's recently discovered 1930 catalog. The fact that it was not a model offered for retail sale to the general public increases the likelihood that it was made especially for use by Cochrane. Significant use is evident along its entire length including stitch marks, numerous cleat marks, and a six-inch multiple crack in the handle. Cochrane was one of the top catchers in baseball history, finishing his thirteen-year career (1925-1937) with a .320 lifetime average. One of the cornerstones of Connie Mack's legendary 1929-31 baseball dynasty, Cochrane also later led the Tigers to two pennants and one World Championship. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 36 ounces. The bat is graded A7 by MEARS. (Base grade A8, with a half-point each deducted for both excessive cleat marks and for the multiple crack in the handle). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $812.00
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