1913-1914 31-1/2" Ty Cobb Decal Bat 
Lot Number 342
 
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When Ty Cobb retired from baseball in 1928, he was the holder of over ninety major league records. Despised, yet revered by his peers, Cobb received the highest number of votes in the inaugural Hall of Fame voting. Described by the Detroit Free Press as "daring to the point of dementia", Cobb was the prototypical slap hitter. For the young baseball enthusiast, there were few players better to emulate than the "The Georgia Peach". This brown 31-1/2"/29 ounce full-sized youth Louisville Slugger model is endorsed by the Detroit star. With a tri-color decal emblazoned on the barrel, the caption "has led the American League six years with this model" dates this bat to either 1913 or 1914. With numerous ball markings and surface abrasions, this bat must have served a young lad quite well. Revealing dead wood along the back of the barrel, the handle has three handle cracks while the upper contains significant notching. The decal, while weathered, displays a stoic Cobb and very readable lettering. Despite significant usage, this is an impressive example of this pre-war legend. 
 
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