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1944 Pepper Martin Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,066.50
Pepper Martin H&B signature-model "G69" bat dating from his final Major League season in 1944 The bat, which is not cracked, displays heavy use along its entire length, including ball and stitch marks on all sides of the barrel, green and red bat-rack marks, and a light coat of pine tar on the handle. Additionally, there is an approximate 6.5 x 1.5-inch slice of wood missing from the reverse of the barrel. Martin, one of the leaders of the St. Louis Cardinals' famed "Gas House Gang," enjoyed a successful thirteen-year Major League career, all of it spent with the St. Louis Cardinals. Known for his blazing speed on the bases, Martin helped lead the Cardinals to two World Championships during the 1930s. Martin effectively retired after the 1940 season when he accepted the position of player/manager with Sacramento in the Pacific Coast League. However, when World War II depleted the Cardinals roster in 1944 he returned for one final season before retiring for good. This bat dates from his one-year return in 1944. Martin appeared in forty games that year, batting .279 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. A four-time All-Star performer, Martin finished his career with a .298 lifetime average and 146 stolen bases. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. This bat once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection and has been consigned directly by the original purchaser at the Halper Sale in 1999. LOA from John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,066.50
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