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    1930-35 Lou Gehrig Pro Model Bat, Game Used. The Iron Horse is quoted in the 1933 court transcript of a suit taken against the Hanna Manufacturing Company by Hillerich & Bradsby:

    "...I spoke of having used Louisville Slugger bats practically all the time throughout my professional career with the exception of approximately two years. During those two years approximately I used a Batrite and Spalding. The Batrite bats were purchased from Hanna Manufacturing Company, Athens, Georgia. Two or three Batrite and Spalding bats were sent to me on trial, and I finally placed my orders with the Hanna Manufacturing Company, I used the Batrite bats I obtained from Hanna Manufacturing Company a good majority of both years I used those bats. Naturally, I found them satisfactory. I used them because they had peculiarities of treatment or finish which seemed advantageous to my mind. I haven't any idea what the treatment was. It stopped checking, which is the loosening of the grain of bats which makes it impossible to use them further...When the Hanna Manufacturing Company made those bats for me and put my name on them it was my understanding that they were going to use my name only on bats for my own personal use, and I did not give them permission to use my name on bats for sale to the general public..."

    The experts at MEARS assure us that the presented Batrite (Hanna Manufacturing, Athens, GA) professional model TA 11 5 is the type that the Hall of Fame first baseman used during the years in question, but the question as to whether the bats were available for public sale restricts the ability to place it definitively in Gehrig's hands. The bat measures a quarter-inch short of thirty-five inches, and just over thirty-four ounces in weight. An eleven-inch handle crack has been repaired, and MEARS notes that the bat has been entirely refinished and revarnished. Still, when considering that fully vetted Louisville Slugger models can command six figure prices, this remains an attractive alternative. LOA from MEARS, Authentic.


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    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
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