1931 Chicago Cubs Signed Mini-Bat (7”)
An amazing piece of Chicago Cubs memorabilia from the glory days of the ball club and the golden age of baseball. This delightful hand crafted (homemade) miniature wooden bat is covered with 23 outstanding black fountain pen signatures (most are somewhat bled due to its age and the make-up of the wood). That historically significant Cubs line-up boasted some of the most memorable names in baseball with several Hall of Famers, all of whom have signed this momentous piece. Includes Hornsby (player-manager), Hartnett, Cuyler, Hack Wilson, Grimm, Warneke, Stephenson, Root, Jurges & even Ray Schalk (coach at the time). Signatures were collected at a game versus the St. Louis Cardinals in Sportsman’s Park on July 12, 1931, and the bat is notated as such by the handle, most probably by Bobby Smith, who has also signed the bat (this is assumed since the style of the cursive “y” is the same in both). Only 4 players on the 25-man roster from that game are missing from the bat. This game was historically significant in that it drew the largest crowd in the history of the St. Louis ballpark (45,715 people for a stadium which only seated 35,000!) due to the sizzling hot rivalry (and close pennant race) at the time between the two clubs. Not to mention the fact that the fans were witnessing the very best games from a total of 9 future Hall of Famers including Frisch, Bottomly & Hafey. Final score was 7-5, Cubs. This was the second game of a double header, in which a record was set for doubles hit in a single game. Scores of both games are noted in the inscription. Bat is in Excellent condition (no splintering or dead wood whatsoever) with a small pinhole in the knob from where it might have been mounted for display. Includes a detailed LOA on the history of this piece and the circumstances under which the signatures were obtained.