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1923-1925 Edd Roush Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
This H&B signature-model (predating model numbers) bat dates to the 1923-1925 manufacturing period, a time in which Edd Roush was one of the most feared hitters in the National League. Significant use is displayed in the form of checking (grain swelling) on the reverse of the barrel, ball marks on the left and right of the barrel, and a crack (indeterminate length) in the handle that has been professionally repaired. Interestingly, Roush always claimed to have never cracked a bat, but the evidence here suggests otherwise. Edd Roush was one of the greatest hitters of his era. Although he won the National League batting title in 1917, his finest seasons occurred in the mid 1920s. From 1920 through 1926 Roush never batted lower than .323 and twice batted over .350. He retired after the 1931 season with a .323 lifetime average and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. Ed Roush was known as wielding one of the heaviest bats in baseball, but, as John Taube notes in his accompanying LOA, H&B factory records show that he did on occasion request a "light weight model." This bat measures 33 inches in length and weighs a robust 38.2 ounces, which, though very heavy for most other players, for Roush would qualify as a "light weight model" (Roush ordered bats as heavy as 47 ounces during his career). LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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