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1941 American and National League All-Star Team-Signed Split Bats (2) With Williams and DiMaggio
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,762.50
This signed display piece, actually two pieces, is comprised of an H&B Roy Cullenbine pro signature model bat (1934 to 1944 manufacturing period) that has been split in two pieces down the center, with the flat surface of each half signed by the members of the 1941 American and National League All-Star teams, respectively. There are sixty-three signatures in total on the two pieces (thirty-three National League signatures and thirty American League signatures), including sixteen Hall of Fame players. As was common for the period, both bats include a number of "clubhouse" signatures (the National League bat is more heavily affected). Included on the American League half are the signatures of team members Del Baker (Mgr), Al Benton, Lou Boudreau, Joe Cronin, Roy Cullenbine, Bill Dickey, Dom DiMaggio, Joe DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Bob Feller, Jimmie Foxx, Joe Gordon, Frankie Hayes, Sid Hudson (clubhouse), Charlie Keller, Ken Keltner, Thornton Lee, Red Ruffing, Marius Russo, Merv Shea, Eddie Smith, Birdie Tebbetts, Cecil Travis (clubhouse), Ted Williams, and Rudy York. The signatures of former player Dave Keefe, pitchers Dutch Leonard (clubhouse) and Mickey Harris, the team doctor, and one other player (illegible) also appear on the bat. The National League half features the signatures of team members Cy Blanton, Dolph Camilli (clubhouse), Harry Danning (clubhouse), Paul Derringer, Leo Durocher (clubhouse, coach), Bob Elliott, Lonny Frey (clubhouse), Stan Hack (clubhouse), Billy Herman, Carl Hubbell, Cookie Lavagetto (clubhouse), Al Lopez, Frank McCormick, Bill McKechnie (Mgr.), Joe Medwick (clubhouse), Eddie Miller (twice, both clubhouse), Johnny Mize, Terry Moore, Bill Nicholson (clubhouse), Mel Ott (clubhouse), Mickey Owen (clubhouse), Claude Passeau (clubhouse), Pete Reiser, Enos Slaughter, Arky Vaughan, Bucky Walters, Lon Warneke, Jim Wilson (coach, clubhouse), and Whit Wyatt (clubhouse). Other signatures appearing on the bat are those of Kirby Higbe (clubhouse), Joe Biggs, and the team doctor. The signatures, which have been penned in either blue or black ink, range in grade from “5" to "10,” averaging “7/8.” This bat, while representing a spectacular memento from the 1941 “midsummer classic,” also poses something of an enigma. Along the top of the American League half is the written notation “American League All-Stars,” with the year (“1941”) written below the list of signatures. The National League half is notated in a similar manner and reads “National League All-Stars 1941” along the top. There is no question that these bats feature the signatures of the team members from that particular year. What is puzzling is that the score for each team is listed incorrectly below the list of names. The American League won the 1941 All-Star Game, held at Briggs Stadium, by a score of 7-5 on Ted Williams’ dramatic two-out three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Here on these bat halves, however, the score for the Americans is listed as “9” and for the Nationals “7.” The signature sides of both bats have been coated with a layer of protective shellac for preservation. A few minor chips to the shellac touch upon, but do not adversely affect, the signatures of Feller, Boudreau, Moore, and Derringer. Two small, opposing notches with holes in the center (for mounting purposes) appear along the top portion of each half and affect, respectively, the signatures of Cullenbine and Slaughter. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,762.50
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