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1938 American League All-Stars H&B Mini-Bat - Rare!

Lot Number 917

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While cultural and political unrest loomed, America’s concern during the summer of 1938 was with Major League Baseball and its Mid-Summer Classic. The hot topic, of course, was Cincinnati southpaw Johnny Vander Meer, who had just fired consecutive no-hitters and got the starting nod, appropriately, at Crosley Field. Vander Meer’s fame was temporary. But the names on this 1938 American League All-Stars souvenir mini-bat will live on forever. The 22” Hillerich & Bradsby relic features a deep-brown patina and presents beautifully. Free of blemishes and surface wear, this scarce survivor showcases facsimile signatures that remain deep and defined! Engraved on all portions of the barrel, the names read like a “Who’s Who” of pre-war stars. Includes: Roger Cramer, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Rick Ferrell, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Chas. Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Bob Johnson, Mike Kreevich, Buddy Lewis, Cecil Travis and Rudy York. The names of Earl Averill and Red Rolfe are engraved in block-style characters, indicating that they were not under contract with H&B. This is the last souvenir of its type honoring Lou Gehrig, who was fatally diagnosed and forced to retire early in 1939.

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