Spring Fever Auction
This lot features a nice example of a 1921 - 1931 Babe Ruth H & B Louisville Slugger Professional Model Bat. This bat measures 34" which is not supported by factory records, but it should be noted that lengths are sparsely notated in the known factory documentation. The current weight, 39 ounces is consistent with known Ruth orders from the 1920's. MEARS Evaluation services has awarded the bat a base grade of 5 points for the bat being consistent with known models and weight for Ruth during the era. Three additional points have been awarded for heavy use. Two points were removed for an "H" carved onto the barrel, a 5" handle crack, and deadwood on the reverse of the barrel. According to PSA/DNA there is somewhat of a debate regarding the use of 34 inch bats by Babe Ruth. The debate is fueled by an article that Ruth did for Louisville Slugger in which he states, "In my first three years as a fielder, following five or six years of pitching, I used bats 36 inches long and anywhere from 40 to 54 ounces in weight. I then began experimenting with the length....so I switched to 35 inches and sometimes slightly less in the 12 to 13 years that followed."
It also must be noted that the model of this Babe Ruth Professional Model Bat, is referred to as his R2 or "Old Model". Ruth used this style of bat through the 1926 Season. In 1927 Ruth modifies the barrel of his bat. The new model, R34, features the large bulbous barrel that is seen in many vintage photos taken of Ruth. The R2 Model doesn't coincide with models of bats being ordered by Ruth from 1928 to 1931. PSA/DNA concludes after a thorough examination that the professional Model bat is an authentic pro stock "Babe" Ruth Model bat and doesn't believe it was used by Ruth. The cosigner of this item purchased this bat from a "reputable" auction service who had listed the bat as being a "Game Used" Babe Ruth Bat and his cost on the bat is near $100,000.00.
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