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A wonderful early exemplar from the greatest catcher who ever lived, this H&B model R161 with "JB" on the knob in vintage black marker measures 35.5 inches in length and weighs thirty-three ounces (33 oz.). Evidence of fine wear include ball and spike marks on the barrel and a cracked handle.Bench was a fourteen-time All-Star, ten-time Gold Glove recipient, two-timeWorld Series winner, two-time N.L. MVP, World Series MVP, and a member of MLB’s All-Century Team and All-Time Team.
Bernie Stowe was with the Cincinnati Reds for an unbelievable 67 consecutive years. As head equipment manager, he worked every Reds game until his retirement in 2013. As a beloved member of the Cincinnati Reds, many of the players would give him mementos and over the years, he received and saved many. This unique piece of Reds memorabilia is from his personal collection and is being offered for the first time.
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