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1952-1960 Nellie Fox Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,880
This Nellie Fox H&B signature model "C12" bat dates from the 1950-1960 labeling era; however, factory records can more narrowly define its manufacturing period to the years 1952 through 1960. The bat is not cracked and displays heavy use on both sides of the barrel including ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, green rack marks, and a minor "dent" on the front of the barrel (located above and to the right of Fox's stamped facsimile signature). The bat measures 34 inches in length and weighs 33.7 ounces. H&B factory records reveal that Fox first ordered 34-inch, 33-ounce model "C12" bats in 1952, and he continued to order them annually through 1960. Second baseman Nellie Fox was the main catalyst of the "Go Go" White Sox in the 1950s and one of the game's most durable players. Fox set a record for consecutive games at second base, playing 798 straight between August 7, 1956, and September 3, 1960. Dependable both in the field and at the plate, he batted over .300 and led the League in fielding percentage at his position six times over the course of his nineteen-year career. Fox was also one of the most difficult men to strike out. In 9,232 at bats, Fox struck out only 216 times, which ranks as the third-best percentage in Major League history. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1997. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, but minus a half point for the "dent" in the barrel). This is one of just eight 1950s-era Nellie Fox pro-model bats listed in the MEARS census and among those it ranks tied with one other as the second-highest graded example. This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,880
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