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1954 Red Schoendienst Signed Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
This Red Schoendienst H&B signature model "D29" bat dates from the 1950-1960 labeling period; however, factory records can precisely date its year of manufacture to 1954. The bat measures 35 inches in length and weighs 33.1 ounces. A check of the H&B factory shipping records between the years 1950 and 1960 reveal that the only shipment of 35-inch, 32-ounce model "D29" bats sent to Schoendienst during that time occurred on April 14, 1954. The bat is not cracked and displays only light use, including a number of surface marks. Schoendienst has signed the bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") on the sweet spot of the barrel. Schoendienst enjoyed another banner season with the Cardinals in 1954, finishing the year with a .315 average. A ten-time All-Star second baseman, Schoendienst led the League in fielding percentage at his position six times and was one of the finest switch hitters of his era. He retired in 1962 with a lifetime .289 average and later enjoyed an outstanding managerial career with the Cardinals, winning two pennants and one World Championship. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 1 point for use and another half point for the pinpointed factory record). Schoendienst bats are rare. This is one of only three Red Schoendienst pro-model bats listed in the MEARS census, and one of only two H&B examples (the other is a World Series bat). This bat has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Reserve $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,293
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