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  1989 Don Mattingly Franklin Teeball Baseball bat
 
Don Mattingly Franklin Teeball Baseball Bat
 Don Mattingly Franklin Teeball Baseball Bat
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1989
  • MANUFACTURER - Franklin
  • SIZE - 27-30"
  • PRICE GUIDE - $15.00-$25.00
    Excellent - Near Mint condition

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NOTES:
 
    This Don Mattingly, Franklin Sports Industries, Teeball baseball bat was the center of a lawsuit filed by the Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in 1989. Franklin produced a Don Mattingly endorsed Batting Tee set in 1987, that did not include a bat. Sold separately, both a little League and Teeball bat was made that carried a Don Mattingly autograph. In 1989, Hillerich & Bradsby Co. sued Don Mattingly, claiming he violated his contract to endorse bats. Hillerich & Bradsby, Manufacture of Louisville Slugger baseball bats, charged that Mattingly violated a contract he had signed in 1980 as a 19 year old minor league player with the Greensboro Hornets.

 H&B signs such contracts with many minor League players, supplying them with custom made bats with the intention of using the endorsements of the few, such as Mattingly, that become stars in the Big Leagues. Under the 1980 contract, Mattingly gave exclusive rights to the use of his name, autograph, nickname, initials, picture and sketch to Hillerich & Bradsby for the promotion of any Louisville Slugger bat or any other bat the company makes.

 In a letter submitted to the court Mattingly stated that the agreement was "Unconscionable and unenforceable" and that because H&B failed to pay him royalties he threatened to take the company to court if they did not stop trying to interfere with his contract with Franklin. A lawyer for Hillerich & Bradsby pointed out that according to the contract, the company does not pay royalties, but pays a license fee when the contract is signed.

 Hillerich & Bradsby was asking the court to declare the contract with Mattingly valid and to assess damages against Franklin for using Mattingly's endorsement even though it knew of his contract with H&B. In May of 1990 H&B dropped damage claims against Don Mattingly, but expanded its lawsuit against Franklin. The amended lawsuit alleged that Franklin engaged in unfair competition by inducing Mattingly and KC Royals outfielder Bo Jackson to violate exclusive contracts with H&B endorsed bats. The lawsuit was latter settled out of court.


 
 
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