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Circa 1956 Jim Gilliam Pro-Model Bat with Outstanding Provenance!
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $5,925
Jim Gilliam H&B signature-model ("K55") bat dating to the 1950-1960 manufacturing period. This bat is accompanied by a fascinating and exceptional provenance: It was purchased by our consignor in 1995 from a gentleman whose wife worked for the Dodgers in the 1950s. According to the original owner, his wife received this bat as a gift directly from Gilliam in 1956. Accompanying the bat is a letter the original owner wrote to the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in 1995 inquiring about the bat. A handwritten response from a company representative, on the original letter, simply confirms the fact that Gilliam ordered approximately six dozen model "K55" bats in 1956. The bat, which is not cracked, displays moderate use, including deadwood on the reverse of the barrel. There are two areas of light adhesive residue that encircle the bat. The first (approximately one-inch wide) is located between the center brand and "Powerized" stamping, while the second (approximately three-quarters inch wide) is located on the handle. 1956 marked one of Gilliam's finest overall seasons as he posted a career-best .300 average with 6 home runs, 43 RBI, 102 runs scored, and 21 stolen bases. Those numbers helped lead the Dodgers to their second consecutive pennant and earned Gilliam a fifth-place finish in the MVP voting at season's end. A Rookie of the Year Award winner in 1953, Gilliam played his entire fourteen-year career with the Dodgers, winning seven pennants and four World Championships over that span. Length: 34.5 inches. Weight: 32 ounces. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $5,925
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