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    1935 Martinsville Manufacturers Game Used & Inscribed Baseball from The Enos Slaughter Collection. In all likelihood, this game used baseball is the oldest relic extant from the professional baseball career of hustling Hall of Famer outfielder Enos Slaughter. It dates from his first season in the minors when, as a nineteen-year-old second baseman, Country hit .273 for the Martinsville Manufacturers of the Bi-State League in Virginia.

    Remnants of the official Bi-State League baseball stamping and president's facsimile are still visible, although not legible, having faded from game wear. The ball has been inscribed (probably at a later date) with the printed names of twelve team members, including Enos Slaughter (Firecracker), player manager "Hap" Bohl, "Mutt" Miller, John Cavosie, Andy Doyle, Bruce Reynolds, Al Krupski, Weaver Nowlin, Norman Small, John Chappi, Johnie Guhman, and Lou Bertsch. The ball is also inscribed "Bassett All-Stars," most likely in reference to their league rivals the Bassett Furnituremakers. Letter of provenance from the Slaughter family.

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