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Lot # 1171 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1840s-1850s Flat-Barrel Bat

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $940

This extremely early bat, which features a flattened hitting surface, dates to the earliest days of our national pastime. The fact that the barrel is flat, rather than cylindrical, raises the probability that it may have been used in earlier bat-and-ball games from which baseball evolved. As the game of baseball took root in the mid 1840s, the use of flat-barrel bats quickly waned after players realized that cylindrical barrels provided a more efficient hitting surface. By the early 1850s flat-barrel bats had all but vanished from the baseball field. While we will never know if this bat was fashioned specifically for a game of "one-o-cat," rounders, or an early variant of baseball, it remains both an extremely rare and historically important museum-caliber relic relating to the evolution of baseball. Length: 32 inches. Weight: 29.4 ounces. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $940

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