Roy Campanella H&B block-letter (last name only) model "G80" bat dating from the 1949 season. (Based upon the center brand, this bat dates to the two-year manufacturing period 1948-1949, but the H&B ordering records conclusively pinpoint it to 1949.) Graded GU 8.5 by PSA/DNA. This bat dates to Campanella's second season in the majors and is the earliest Roy Campanella game-used bat we have ever seen! It should be noted that Campanella never had an endorsement contract with H&B, therefore all of the bats he received from the company during his twelve-year professional career were block-lettered. The bat displays evidence of outstanding use, including ball marks on the left and back barrel, cleat marks on the right, left, and back barrel, and a crack in the handle that has been professionally repaired (invisible to the naked eye). Campanella batted .287 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI in 1949, numbers which helped lead the Dodgers to their third pennant of the decade. A three-time National League MVP Award winner and eight-time All Star, Campanella played his entire career with the Brooklyn Dodgers before a car accident left him permanently paralyzed in 1958. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969. Campanella game bats are scarcer than those of most other Hall of Fame players from the era and this is the first example we have ever offered. Length: 35.5 inches. Length: 34.3 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $15,000+.
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