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1925-1928 Heinie Groh Pro-Model "Bottle" Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
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 1925-1928 manufacturing period. The H&B signature model bat (predating model numbers), which is not cracked, displays moderate-to-heavy use, including several ball marks and stitch impressions on the right and left barrel, as well as cleat impressions on the left and back barrel. Groh, who began his career in 1912, was a member of the New York Giants in both 1925 and 1926. He finished his Major League career with the pennant-winning Pirates in 1927, but continued playing in the minor leagues through 1932. Groh 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 bat is an outstanding example and, as expected, makes for an exceptional display and conversation piece. Length: 32.875 inches. Weight: 44.4 ounces. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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