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Lot Number: 484

Description: Babe Ruth professional model baseball bat with barnstorming provenance c.1920s. Louisville Slugger 125 model bat measures 33 3/4" long and weighs 41oz. The bat exhibits evident use including ball marks, cleat marks, and stitching impressions. Early "George Babe Ruth" facsimile stamping is found on the barrel end. A portion of the barrel has been shortened (likely 2" or so) and subsequently filled with a small bit of lead in the period. "BABE" is stamped/carved on the knob end in individually fashioned period lettering. The provenance traces the bat to a barnstorming contest in California back in the 1920s. After its use it was handed to a After its use, Ruth handed the bat to the son of the gentleman who put on the tournament. They then cut the bat down, weighted it, and the young man used it. Desirable early facsimile stamped professional model Ruth bat displays as a perfect placement exemplar for any substantive collection of vintage material. Includes LOA from Hunt Auctions: VG-EX

Estimated Price Range: ($5,000-$7,500)

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