Hillerich & Bradsby model H14 was used by Ken Keltner in 1947 or 1948 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The bat shows outstanding use. Many ball marks and seam impressions are visible on the right barrel surface and there is some slight grain swelling from repeated contact. The handle has a moderate coat of vintage pine tar and approximately 8″ have been scored for grip. An original tape application is present on the upper knob/lower handle area. The knob is stamped with the model number (H14) and there are X’s written on both ends in black. The knob also appears to have a faint #6 written which was the number Keltner wore for the Indians betwen 1947 and 1949.
Keltner had a career-season in 1948, placing third in the American League home runs with 31 and posting career-highs with 119 runs batted in, 91 runs, and 89 walks, and placed fifth in the league with a .522 slugging average, helping Cleveland earn a first-ever one-game playoff against the Boston Red Sox. The Indians won the game 8-3 behind knuckleballer Gene Bearden, with the help of Keltner’s single, double, and 3-run home run over the Green Monster in Fenway Park. The Indians then went on to defeat the Boston Braves in the 1948 World Series.