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Mc44 Baseball Bat 1972 catalog
1972 H&B Catalog


  Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Mc 44 Baseball Bat
 
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Mc 44 Baseball Bat
 Hillerich & Bradsby Co. Mc 44 Baseball Bat
Item Details
  • CIRCA - 1963
  • MANUFACTURER - Hillerich & Bradsby Co.
  • SIZE - 34"
  • PRICE GUIDE - $40.00-$60.00
    Excellent - Near Mint condition

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NOTES:
 
   The Mc-44 is a bat designed by Jack McGrath who was a long time Vice President of marketing & public relations for Louisville Slugger. The bat design features a wide barrel with a tapered handle. It had been suggested in the past that the bat was made for Willie McCovey but other than speculation that the "Mc" stood for McCovey, and he did wear uniform number 44, there is no truth to this. Variations of the bat were eventually used by 50 other players.

 Jack McGrath designed the bat about a month before the 1963 World Series. The Dodgers' Tommy Davis was the first Major League player to try it out, and used it to hit .400 in a sweep of the New York Yankees. Players that have used the Mc44 bat in a Major League game include: Tom Tresh, Don Drysdale, Pedro Gonzalez, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Ken Harrelson, Steve Garvey, Reggie Jackson, Don Baylor, and Keith Hernandez.

 This 250 "Air Seasoned" store model bat pictured above, was introduced to the market in 1966. It was a Semi-signature model bat that also featured "Official Mc 44, ** Model **" on the barrel. Other store models include: both "Powerized" and Flame Tempered" 125 "Genuine Mc44," 180 "Grand slam Mc 44" and 88 Leaguer. The catalog No. 250 bats were dated to 1966, and both the 88, & 180 were sold before 1971, have the Mc44 in block letters. The 125, Mc44 was first made available in the 1971. This is when they started the cursive Mc44 logo. It was then treated as a signature model. The Mc44 store model bats were not available in player autograph models. It had it's own identity as stated in the Louisville Slugger trade catalog...

 "*125 Mc44 - The 125 Mc44 is a distinctive model that, with its Variations, has proven so popular with professional batters that we couldn't tie it down to one autograph. It will be known as the 'Mc44-the sluggers' Slugger'"

 
 
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