Hillerich & Bradsby pre-model number bat was used by Rabbit Warstler during the 1932 season with the Boston Red Sox. The bat shows outstanding use with a secured handle crack with a piece missing. Both the right and left barrel surfaces show ball marks and seam impressions, but the heaviest use is concentrated on the left barrel surface. The left barrel is covered with ball marks and seam impressions. The handle doesn’t appear to have any pine tar and it is cracked with a small piece (approximately 1 1/2″ in length) missing. The crack has been secured. The right barrel has been planed to accept factory side writing. Visible side writing on the right barrel reads “Harold.Rabbit.Warstler 7.23.32”. Below that, less visible, is written “Boston AM Lea” for Boston American League (Boston Red Sox). No markings on either the knob or barrel end.
Warstler played from 1930 to 1940 with the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Bees, and Chicago Cubs. He is likely best known as one of the players from the 1934 Tour of Japan.