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1921-1931 Heinie Groh Pro-Model "Bottle" Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75
Although Heinie Groh was a fine hitter and an outstanding defensive third baseman, he is best known today for the distinctive style of his preferred choice of ash: the "bottle" bat, so named because its thin handle and wide barrel resemble the shape of a bottle. Offered here is an outstanding example of a Heinie Groh "bottle" bat dating from the 1921-1931 manufacturing period. Graded A7.5 by MEARS, only one graded at this level, with one graded higher (A8). The H&B signature model bat (pre-dating model numbers) displays heavy use, including cleat marks and grain swelling, as well as some roughness along the end of the barrel. Groh was a member of Cincinnati in 1921 and then spent the next five season with the Giants, where he helped lead the club to three pennants and one World Championship. He finished his Major League career with the penant-winning Pirates in 1927, but continued playing in the minor leagues through 1932. Groh, who began his career in 1912, was also a member of the World Champion 1919 Cincinnati Reds. He finished his career with a .292 average and led the National League in fielding percentage at his position on five separate occasions. Groh was particularly known for his use of his "bottle" bat and and single-handedly made this bat style famous. The offered example is extraordinary and, as expected, makes for an exceptional display and conversation piece. Length: 32.75 inches. Weight: 43 ounces. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, but minus a half point for the roughness along the end of the barrel). Of the three Heine Groh pro-model bats in the MEARS population report, it represents the highest-graded H&B example (the bat graded A8 is a Spalding model). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $2,643.75
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