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    1920's Jacinto "Jack" Calvo Game Used Bat. With the crossing of baseball's color line still a generation away, a light-skinned Cuban named Jacinto Calvo was able to skirt Major League Baseball's well-established "whites only" rule as early as 1913, when he appeared in seventeen games as an outfielder for the Washington Senators with the anglicized name of "Jack." Though his entire Big League career consisted of just thirty-four games, Calvo's fame in his Cuban homeland was quite notable, as his 1978 induction into that nation's Hall of Fame would prove. We expect that he used this remarkably rare bat as a member of the Cuban X Giants, the famed club that at times featured the talents of Rube Foster, Pop Lloyd and Martin Dihigo. The Hillerich & Bradsby "Old Tempered" club bears no stamping tying it to Calvo, nor should it--Cuban ballplayers at the time did not have personalized models. We are able to link the tremendous use on this bat definitively to Calvo through the ancient sidewriting that bears both Calvo's surname and the words "Habana, Cuba" among the more legible words. Typical of Negro League bats, the use is tremendous, with the barrel held together by vintage nails as was not uncommon for gamers from this underfunded league. Length and weight are thirty-three and three-quarter inches and thirty-five ounces respectively. Certainly this will stand as one's only opportunity to own a bat from Calvo, and one of the very few to possess a genuine Negro League gamer. Originally acquired from the vast archives of Hillerich & Bradsby. MEARS A6.

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    October, 2005
    29th Saturday
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