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1972 Frank Robinson Pro-Model Bat with Outstanding Provenance! (From Personal Collection of Tommy John!)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,185
Frank Robinson H&B signature model "R182" bat dating from his one and only season with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1972. This bat originates directly from the personal collection of former major league pitcher Tommy John, and is accompanied by a signed letter from John attesting to its provenance. John and Robinson were teammates on the Dodgers in 1972, and as he states in his letter, John received the bat from Robinson during that season. The bat displays evidence of light use, including a few ball and stitch marks. Robinson's uniform number ("36") is written in black marker on the end of the barrel. (1972 was the only year in which Frank Robinson ever wore the number "36.") This bat was obviously once on display in John's collection, as noted by three mounting holes along the reverse of the barrel. Also, the knob has been lightly sanded, but the model-number stamping is still clearly visible. After having led the Baltimore Orioles to three consecutive pennants and one World Championship between the years 1969 and 1971, Robinson was traded to the Dodgers for four players on December 2, 1971. Appearing in 103 games with the Dodgers in 1972, Robinson batted .251 with 19 home runs and 59 RBI. Three years later, he became the first African-American manager in baseball history when he took over that position with the Cleveland Indians. Robinson retired in 1976 with 586 home runs, 1,812 RBI, and a .294 lifetime average. He is also the only player to win MVP Awards in both the American and National Leagues. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 35.3 ounces. LOAs from John Taube & Vince Malta of PSA/DNA and from Tommy John. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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