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1947 Carl Furillo Pro-Model "Rookie Era" Bat
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Carl Furillo H&B signature-model ("M117") bat dating from the 1943-1949 manufacturing period. Despite the general labeling period denoted by the center brand, this bat can be pinpointed precisely to the historic 1947 season based upon H&B factory records, which indicate that 1947 was the ONLY year in which Furillo ordered model "M117" bats! 1947, of course, also marked the year that Jackie Robinson broke baseball's long-standing color barrier by joining the Dodgers. The bat is not cracked and displays light-to-moderate use along its entire length, including a number of rack marks. 1947 represented Furillo's second year in the majors and he improved upon nearly all his offensive statistics from the year before. Furillo finished the 1947 season with 8 home runs, 88 RBI, and a .295 batting average, numbers which helped lead the Dodgers to the National League pennant. Furillo played his entire fifteen years with the Dodgers, both in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and was the National League batting champion in 1953. He finished his career with 192 home runs, 1,058 RBI, and a .299 lifetime average. 1940s-era Furillo bats are scarce and this particular bat, which can be conclusively dated to his second season with the Dodgers (the historic 1947 season), is an exceptionally desirable example. Length: 35 inches. Weight: 32.4 ounces. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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