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A.J. Reach 'World Series'
Bat Decal
A.J. Reach 'World Series' 

1917 Reach Official American League War Department Baseball
1917 Reach Official American League War Department Baseball

Published 1917
War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities


  1918 A.J. Reach War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities Baseball Bat
 
A.J. Reach War Department Baseball Bat
 1918 A.J. Reach War Department Baseball Bat
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1917-1918
  • MANUFACTURER - A.J. Raech
  • SIZE - 31" - 35" / 35-46 ounces
  • PRICE GUIDE - $300.00-$400.00
    (with 0-20% "World Series" Decal)
    $500.-$1,000. (with 30-90% Decal)
    Very Good - Excellent condition
    (Value will vary with decal bats based on the percentage of the reaming decal)

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NOTES:
 
   First advertised in the 1917 A.J. Reach catalog as the best $1.00 bat in the nation, the "World Series" baseball bats were made of naturally straight grained Northern Ash. The bat was made in two different styles, No. 105 & 106, with twelve models, each 1-12 being of different lengths and weights. The "World Series" center brand features the "A.J. Reach Co." trade mark above, with the Model No. below. A circular gold & black decal to the right on the barrel reads: "A.J. REACH COMPANY"  along the top two thirds of the outer ring, and at the bottom "PHILADELPHIA." The inner circle is centered with "World Series" in white, and PERFECT BALANCE" at the top "Models" below.

 The A. J. Reach World Series baseball bats were used for, and feature the War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities stamp on the back side of the bat.

 Days after the U.S. entered the first World War in April of 1917, President Woodrow Wilson created a new Federal Agency, the Commission on Training Camp Activities. The program was designed to clean up the immoral influences associated with encampments and their surrounding communities. It was a great concern to the American Family, for the moral destruction of their sons, and husbands going off to war. The program would help surround our troops with a healthy, cheerful environment, and to ensure the purity of the camp environment. Training camps would then mold not only soldiers, but model citizens who after the war would return to their communities spreading urban middle-class values throughout the country.

 Almost immediately organizations such as the Knights of Columbus the YMCA, the YWCA, the Jewish Welfare Board, the Salvation Army, and the American Library Association worked to supply recreational services and raise money for equipment. The WWI "bat and ball fund" was started. Shortly after the CTCA - Commission on Training Camp Activities was in place, Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith launched a plan to support our troops by raising money to purchase athletic equipment. mostly baseball gear, to outfit every U.S. military training camp.

 The Y.M.C.A. shipped 144,000 bats and 79,680 balls to the troops overseas with the money raised by Griffith. Baseball equipment including the 1918 Official National League Baseballs used by American serviceman stationed in Poitiers, France, featured the Y.M.C.A. stamp. The equipment that was supplied through the CTCA had the "War Department Commission on Training Camp Activities" stamp. It was reported in a July 1918 newspaper that "more than 70,000 baseballs and 3,000 bats have been sent to the American camps. Large quantities of gloves, masks and chest protectors have been given to the sport-loving soldiers."

 
 
1918 A.J. Reach "World Series" No. 105 - War Department Baseball Bat

A.J. Reach War Department Baseball Bat

A.J Reach "World Series" No. 105 & 106 Baseball Bats
A.J Reach "World Series" No. 105 & 106

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