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Circa 1945 Hank Greenberg Pro-Model Bat
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $8,295
Hank Greenberg signature-model bat (predating model numbers) dating from circa 1945. Graded A8 by MEARS. Hank Greenberg bats are among the rarest of all Hall of Famer bats. In addition to being an extraordinary example, this is also one of only six Hank Greenberg signature-model bats listed in the MEARS census. The bat displays evidence of heavy use along its entire length. Both ball and cleat marks are present on the barrel, as are deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks, and red bat-rack marks. The bat is not cracked and offers outstanding visual appeal, including well-defined manufacturer's stampings throughout. "Hammerin" Hank Greenberg was one of the most feared sluggers of his day, leading the American League in home runs on four separate occasions. In 1938 he seriously challenged Ruth's single-season home-run record, only to fall short by two, with 58. The previous year he drove in 183 runs, the second-best mark in American League history and third best all-time behind Gehrig (184) and Hack Wilson (190). In his six full seasons from 1934 through 1940 (he was hurt in 1936 and lost nearly five full seasons due to military service from 1941 to 1945) Greenberg averaged 39 home runs and 150 RBI. To put his RBI numbers in proper perspective, whereas Greenberg averaged 150 RBI a season over that period, other prominent Hall of Fame sluggers such as Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron never even once recorded 150 RBI in a single season. Greenberg bats are particularly rare, far rarer than other great home-run hitting stars of his stature from the era such as Ruth and Foxx. This is one of only three Hank Greenberg bats ever offered by Robert Edward Auctions. This is truly an exceptional Greenberg pro-model bat, in all respects, dating from his active playing career in the mid 1940s. (MEARS dates the bat to the three-year period 1943-1945 while PSA/DNA dates the bat to precisely 1945.) Length: 35 inches. Weight: 34 ounces. Graded A8 by Mears (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use). LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $8,295
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