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The arrival of Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn in 1947 didn’t just mark the ending of baseball’s color line, but also the beginning of the greatest era in Dodgers history. From 1947 to 1956, Robinson carved out a place in baseball history and brought his team along with him. Once the perennial joke of the National League, during Robinson’s decade with the club, Brooklyn won six pennants – and their one and only World Championship. This penultimate victory, reached in 1955, found Robinson at the beginning of the end of his career as a player. Jackie had given way to a younger Junior Gilliam at second base and was filling in at third base or the outfield.

Though 37, Robinson still managed to swipe 12 bases and knock out 8 home runs as Brooklyn won their fifth pennant. Facing the Yankees in the World Series, the Dodgers finally beat their long-time rival in a hard-fought seven games. Robinson had four hits, two of them going for extra bases. This bat was obtained (along with a Pee Wee Reese bat, also in this auction) after one of the 1955 World Series games held at Ebbets Field. The original owner was employed by the firm that did the maintenance work at Ebbets Field. As a Brooklyn native, the original owner was thrilled when one of the perks of his job turned out to be season tickets to the Dodgers. After one of the World Series games, he found himself by the Dodgers’ dugout where his eye caught two discarded bats. After inquiring about them, he was told that he could take them. This Jackie Robinson bat (and a Pee Wee Reese bat) were proudly displayed in the original owner’s Long island home until 2014. They were then looked after by his son, who now offers them both at auction for the first time.

Fresh to the hobby, this Hillerich & Bradsby R115 is un-cracked and shows outstanding use. There is some checking from repeated ball contact found on the back barrel which has been stabilized as well as numerous ball marks on the left, back and right barrel, the majority grouped on the left side. Blue bat rack paint streaks can be seen on the top right barrel and a light application of pine tar still clings to the handle. The model number “R115” is stamped into the knob end. The stamping of the signature on the barrel and the center brand are dark and clear on the warm brown ash surface of the bat. Weighting in at 34.5 ounces and measuring 35 inches, this bat matches the R115 models ordered by Robinson during the 1955 and 1956 seasons, with the nod given to 1955 due to the provenance. A stunning museum-worthy bat used by baseball’s first African American player of the 20th century used during the greatest moment in the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ franchise – the 1955 World Series. The bat comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B16923) for the game use and has been graded a near-perfect GU 9.5. The consignors account of the acquisition on the bat clearly places the bat to have been acquired during the 1955 World Series, and the fact these bats were discarded at that time after a game would logically place them to have been used in the game they were acquired after. PSA/DNA’s evaluation of the dating and use matched the consignors account. Both the consignor LOA and the PSA/DNA LOA are located on our website and should be reviewed by perspective bidders.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $40,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $98,400.00
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
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