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    1914-16 Tris Speaker Professional Model 40K Kork Grip Bat, MEARS Authentic. Patented in 1914, the Kork Grip bat was immediately introduced to the Major Leagues and enjoyed limited success and adaptation. Ty Cobb was the mind behind the new grip style, and the Georgia Peach inspired the likes of Joe Jackson and Honus Wagner to give them a whirl. This signature model Hillerich & Bradsby 40K bears Speaker barrel stamping, though the absence of ordering records for this format makes definitive attribution impossible. We do note that the hefty forty-two ounce weight is typical for the Grey Eagle, but there are no lengths recorded for Speaker during this era (bat measures thirty-four inches). Heavy game use is evident, with checking and some dead wood at barrel end. A quarter of the cork is missing from the grip, and the knob is chipped. A very rare style quite possibly used by one of the sport's greatest hitters. LOA from MEARS, Authentic.

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