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19th Century Baseball Bat Hand Made in Prison by a “Lifer”

19th Century Baseball Bat Hand Made in Prison by a “Lifer”

A fabulous relic from a bygone era, made by a man with a lot of time on his hands. All we know about the maker of this bat is hand-written simply, and with little to hide, on the barrel. It states “Maine State Prison, Made by Haynes, A Lifer, July 16,1896.” There is a standard issue paper label from the prison as well as the notation that Haynes made in his own hand. Made from ash, it is in pristine condition and comes with the remnants of its own suede carrying case. Very unusual style with period notching and interestingly shaped knob. A beautiful piece of American folk art crafted during Our National Pastime’s formative years. In any event, it beats license plates! Consigned by an esteemed baseball family (name is confidential) with ties to the Red Sox.


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