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Superb provenance trail from the hands of Rachel Robinson
where it was in her and Jackie's home in Stamford, Connecticut since
the days when Jackie retired. It was consigned to Lelands by Rachel
Robinson herself, in the late 1980s. It was then sold privately to
Mr. X and has been in his hands all these years.
The bat is a Hillerich & Bradsby R115 Signature Model. It is 35" in
length and weighs 35.1 ounces. It is uncracked with moderate use. A
small chip on knob has been repaired. There are ball marks on the
right, left and back barrel. There is beautifully crude number "42"
on the knob in vintage black paint over the R115 model number stamped
into the knob. Overall the bat shows excellent player use
The labeling dates it from 1955-56 the year of his World Championship.
It is likely Jackie brought it home after an "exceptional" moment
such as winning a World Championship!
We can recall Rachel Robinson only ever having two game used Jackie
Robinson bats other than World Series and All Star bats, which
traditionally were not used. That makes this one of only two pure
gamers with direct ties to Jackie's own collection. Thereby, making
this one of the finest Jackie bats extant.
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June 2009 Catalogue