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1954 Bob Lemon World Series Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $800.00 , Sold For - $1,997.50
Extremely rare Bob Lemon pro model bat specially produced and issued to the Hall of Fame pitcher for use during the 1954 World Series. The H&B signature model "O16" bat is stamped "World Series 1954" and "Cleveland Indians" in block letters above and below (respectively) Lemon's facsimile signature on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain distinct and legible. The bat is not cracked and displays no use. The lack of use is understandable, given the fact that Lemon went hitless in six at bats in the 1954 fall classic. World Series bats have long been highly prized by collectors due to their rarity (normally only two were issued to each player) and inherent provenance. Those used by Hall of Fame players are especially desirable. Factory records indicate that Lemon ordered only one bat for the 1954 World Series and it was shipped to him on 9/22/54. This bat was originally obtained from Bob Lemon's son a number of years ago. The bat exhibits an added coat of finish and it seems that at one time a small display placard was affixed to side of the barrel, for one can still see the faint outline where it once was placed. The 1954 World Series marked one of the greatest upsets in the history of the "fall classic." The Cleveland Indians entered the Series having won an American League record 111 games; however, they were quickly dispatched in four straight games by the New York Giants. Bob Lemon was the mound ace for the Indians that year, winning a League-high twenty-three games (against only seven losses) and registering a 2.72 ERA. Those numbers were the norm for Lemon during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Lemon won twenty or more games seven times between the years 1948 and 1956, finishing his career with 207 wins. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. This is an exceptional and very rare Hall of Famer World Series bat dating to one of the most historic World Series ever played. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 5, with 2 points added for its World Series provenance and only one point for use, instead of the maximum three, due to lack of use, which is to be expected for a pitcher's World Series bat). 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. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,997.50
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