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    Frank "Home Run" Baker 1917-1921 Game Used Bat Of all the colorful nicknames in baseball's old school, there are a few that stand head and shoulders above the rest, such as "The Grey Eagle" (Tris Speaker), "The Cyclone" (Cy Young) and "Death To Flying Things" (Robert Ferguson). As powerful as these may be on the written page, it is highly unlikely that such names were spoken with any sort of regularity. There are a few individuals, however, whose prolific greatness on the field earned them a name that became far more identifiable than the one given by his parents. Frank Baker is the prototypical example of this, as most fans to this day know of him as "Home Run." Even "Babe" Ruth, the favorite home run hero of the 20th century was branded with a nickname based on his youthfulness. Ruth may have been referred to as "The Colossus of Clout" and "The Behemoth of Bust," but the honor of being named after the long ball itself was bestowed on another. Offered here is the war club of the original home run king - an H&B Louisville Slugger Frank Baker World's Championship Model. Within the realm of game used items from the Dead Ball era, there are few that can compare with this offering in terms of desirability. This phenomenal game bat is uncracked and displays tremendous evidence of Baker's trips to the plate showing significant game use and medium ball marks. It displays the remnants of a substance covering the handle that looks to be an early form of pine tar, with all of the manufacturer's stampings remaining distinct and completely intact. Despite the significance of being wielded by "Home Run" Baker while he played with the New York Yankees, this piece must also be recognized as a wonderful piece of folk art. Hand carved by a Hillerich & Bradsby craftsman with lathe marks still visible on knob and barrel, this bat exhibits a gorgeous patina that is slightly amber in color - a worthy collectible that has both historical significance and aesthetic value. It measures 34.5 inches in length with a hefty weight of 36 ounces. In a testament to the dominance and popularity of Home Run Baker during the dead ball era, he is the only player since the H&B company began producing bats for professional baseball players, to have requested and received a personalized designation stamped below his name. Baker chose the designation "World's Championship Model" and it has appeared on every one of his personalized bats that has surfaced. This item was consigned to us directly from the family of Frank Baker, and is accompanied by a notarized letter of Authenticity. This extraordinary war club is the finest Baker example to ever enter the hobby and has received the coveted A-10 designation from SCD Authentic. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic.

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    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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