Jackie Robinson 70th anniversary auction to benefit JRF ending April 29
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/30/2017
The last time Jackie Robinson faced Vic Raschi it was in Game 5 of the 1949 World Series. Robinson and the Dodgers were down three games to one and Raschi’s brilliant pitching that day kept Robinson to a single hit as New York won the game and the World Series. The next time those men met it was in Philadelphia for the 1952 All-Star Game. Batting second in the bottom of the first inning, Robinson rode a Raschi fastball to deep left field for a solo home run. That run proved to be the difference in the 3-2 NL victory. It was also Robinson's only home run in the Mid-Summer Classic!
The 1952 mid-summer classic was the fourth straight year Robinson was selected for the game, and as was the custom of the time, bat maker Hillerich & Bradsby presented each member of both teams with a pair of custom bats. Stamped with the special All-Star Game wording on the barrel, these bats were made to each player’s exact specifications for use in the game. Because just two were created per player upon selection to the All-Star team, these bats are extremely hard to come by; to find one from such an icon as Jackie Robinson is nothing short of a miracle. All the more impressive is that this bat comes from Jackie’s personal collection. How do we know this? The light colored “halo” just to the left of the stamped signature on the barrel. This unique attribute matches a 1949 All-Star Game bat that was sold by Rachael Robinson in 1993. It appears that these bats were displayed in the Robinson’s home in such a way that this faded “halo” affected both sticks in the same way.
This Hillerich & Bradsby model S100 bat has been stamped with “All-Star Game Philadelphia 1952 on the barrel. The bat measures 34.5 inches and weighs 35.1 ounces, specifications that correspond to Jackie’s factory bat orders from 1952. The bat exhibits light to moderate game use, with a few ball marks visible on the right and left barrel. Some checking from repeated ball contact is found on the left barrel and the aforementioned “halo” can be seen to the left of the special All-Star Game stamping. The model number “S100” has been stamped into the knob end. As befits the bat of the man who changed the game of baseball and America’s view of race, Jackie’s bat has taken on a stately golden tone with age. This remarkably rare and historic bat comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (1B07656), who have graded this bat a GU 9.
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