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1934-35 Hillerich & Bradsby Hal Trosky Cleveland Indians Rookie Era Game Used Bat

$1,100.00

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Description

Extremely rare Hillerich & Bradsby Hal Trosky signature model bat was used by Hal Trosky with the Cleveland Indians most likely in 1934 or 1935 based on the labeling.

The bat shows outstanding use and is not cracked. Many ball marks and light seam impressions are visible on the left and right barrel surfaces. A few cleat marks are also present. The handle has traces of pine tar and is not cracked. The lower 8″ of the handle has been shaved/scored for grip. There is some illegible writing present on the lower front barrel near the center label. It has been partially removed, but may have been part of an autograph at one time. Nothing is marked on the knob or barrel end.

Trosky had a career .302 batting average, with a high of .343 in 1936. He hit 228 career home runs and had 1,012 RBIs. He had 1,561 career hits. His 216 HRs with the Indians ranks him fifth on the team’s all-time list, behind Earl Averill, Manny Ramirez, Albert Belle, and Jim Thome. In his rookie season, 1934, he finished second in the AL in RBIs (142) and third in hits (206) and home runs (35). His 374 total bases set a rookie record that has since been tied by Tony Oliva in 1964. Trosky’s best numbers came in his third full year in the major leagues, 1936, when he led the American League in RBIs and total bases. His 162 RBIs also set a team record that stood for 63 years, while his 405 total bases that year remain a franchise best. He also had a career-high 42 home runs, .343 batting average, 216 hits, and a .644 slugging percentage. Despite being hailed as the next Babe Ruth, he is widely considered one of the best players to never make an All-Star team. The reason for this omission was the ill-fortune of being an American League first baseman at the same time as Hall of Fame first basemen Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg.

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