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Bats from this era are nearly impossible to find, and trophy bats given to professional players are even tougher. This is a trophy bat awarded to professional player George Tebeau of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, who finished the 1887 season in second place in the American Association with an 81-54 record. The wording on the Sterling Silver plaque is "Presented by Dan'l Sully to George Tebeau of the Cincinnati Base Ball Club for Best Batting Record in the Game Against the Chicago's Played Tuesday Oct. 11, 1887". Measuring 36" long and more closely resembling a club a bat, this specimen appears to have some use on the barrel and some slight chips on the knob.
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