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1934-1944 Babe Ruth Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $5,800.00
In terms of aesthetic appeal, this particular H&B signature model Babe Ruth bat (predating model numbers) has few equals. Dating from the 1934-44 manufacturing period, which spans both Ruth's playing and coaching career, the bat features deep manufacturer's stampings and virtually no use, appearing much as it did when first sent to Ruth from the H&B factory. The only blemish (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy) is the extremely faint trace of a former signature on the sweet spot that is only discernible through very close examination (undetectable unless pointed out). The bat's impeccable condition most likely relates to its unique provenance. This bat was originally obtained from the family of a gentleman who ran a hunting lodge in New Hampshire during the 1930s and 1940s. That gentleman was also a good friend of Yankees third baseman Red Rolfe (a New Hampshire native), who often invited his Yankee teammates up to the lodge in the off-season to hunt. Ruth, as is well known, was an avid outdoorsman and a frequent visitor to the lodge. During one of his trips he presented the owner of the lodge with one of his bats. The gift of a bat from the Yankees players seems to have been standard practice at the lodge, as three other Yankee bats in this auction (presented as part of a group lot) also originate from the same family. This is an exceptional Ruth professional model bat which was long-ago personally presented by Ruth as a gift. Length: 34.75 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. Graded A5 by MEARS (base grade of 5 for an ideal professional model bat with no use). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000+. SOLD FOR $5,800.00
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