Rare and highly significant Adirondack block-letter model "136B" specially produced for use by Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese during the 1955 World Series. The bat features both the name "Reese" and "World Series 1955" stamped on the barrel. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain distinct and legible, and the bat displays no use. World Series pro-model bats are not only rare (normally, only two were issued to each participant) but also highly prized by collectors due to their inherent provenance, especially those issued to prominent Hall of Fame players such as Reese. The fact that this bat dates from the legendary 1955 World Series, in which the Dodgers finally overcame years of frustration to win not only the team's first World Championship in franchise history, but its only championship while in Brooklyn, adds to its significance. This one of only two Pee Wee Reese World Series bats we have ever seen (the other dates from 1952). The fact that it shows no use is not surprising. As PSA/DNA notes in its accompanying letter, "Like many bats produced for the World Series the subject bat is not game used. Louisville Slugger and Adirondack produced two bats for the players. Many bats like this one, were retained by the players as keepsakes from the "Fall Classic." PSA/DNA further emphasizes how elusive Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 World Series bats, for any player, are: "World Series bats of the Brooklyn Dodgers from their 1955 World Championship are rare. To date [January 11, 2016] this is the fourth bat to appear in our PSA/DNA database."
Reese was one of the hitting stars for Brooklyn in the 1955 World Series. The diminutive team captain batted .296 with a team-high eight hits, five runs, and two RBI in helping the Dodgers defeat the Yankees in seven games. A ten-time All-Star, Reese was the unquestioned leader of the fabled "Boys of Summer" and one of the most popular players in Dodgers team history. Despite his many on-field achievements, Reese's most noteworthy accomplishment may have taken place in the clubhouse. It was Reese, in his acceptance of Jackie Robinson in 1947, who helped stem the tide of resentment that had been brewing in the Dodgers' locker room, thereby allowing Branch Rickey to successfully conduct his "Great Experiment." This is certainly one of the most signficant Reese bats imaginable and one that would be a prized highlight in any substantial Hall of Fame bat or Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia collection, and a tangible reminder of that fateful time in Brooklyn Dodger history when next year finally arrived. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 33.6 ounces. LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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