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    1887 Chicago Amateur Baseball League Championship Silver Presentational Bat. While Cap Anson was blazing his pathway to 3,000 Hit immortality as leader of the National League's Chicago White Stockings, the Whiting Base Ball Club was asserting its own Windy City dominance in the city's amateur ranks. This truly gorgeous fourteen-decades-old relic was presented to that club for its achievement, surviving to present day as both a thrilling memento of the early game and a masterwork of silversmithing.

    The bat was donated by another Chicago baseball icon and Hall of Fame immortal, Albert Spalding, as the engraved barrel text reports: "Spalding Prize Bat Presented to the Whiting B.B. Club, Champions of Chicago Amateur League 1887." The names of the team members are artfully engraved below.

    The detailing is extraordinary, with complicated scrollwork and a stunning image of a period ballplayer that establishes this as one of the most aesthetically impressive baseball awards we've ever encountered. An expected degree of handling and storage wear is evident, but our catalog imagery should convey that the visual strength is never undermined. Length thirty-five inches (35"), weight thirty-seven ounces (37 oz.).

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