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Hartwell Bros. Tool Handle & Baseball Bat namufacture
Hartwell Brothers Tool Handle & Baseball Bat manufacture



  Hiawatha - Gambles Baseball Bats
 
Hiawatha - Gambles Nasenall Bat
 Hiawatha - Gambles Baseball Bats
Item Details

MANUFACTURING PERIOD
1950-1970

MANUFACTURER
Hartwell Handles
Memphis, Tennessee
For
Gamble-Skogmo Inc.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

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NOTES:
 
   Gambles Hardware and Auto Supply was founded in 1925 by Bertin Gamble and Philip Skogmo. In 1928, they moved their headquarters to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Gamble-Skogmo Inc. eventually became a conglomerate of retail chain stores including Department, Furniture and Toy stores. The Hiawatha Brand name was a Gambles registered trademark filed in 1949, and was used for some of their sporting good products such as outboards, fishing rods, bicycles, baseball gloves, and bats.

 The Gambles baseball bats made during the 1950's feature the Hiawatha Indian head logo as the center brand with the model number at the bottom. Models include: H21 Collegian, Jackie Robinson Model, - 25SA  Champion, Mickey Mantle Model, and H1 Major League Bobby Doerr Model. The 1960's baseball bat center brand feature a double bordered circle, which reads "Gambles" at the top, and "Minneapolis" at the bottom. The circle is overlapped by the word "Hiawatha" in script, sandwiched between two lines pinched at the middle, and a Star above & below in the inner circle. Models include Crackerjack No. 1901-29" (No. followed by the size of the bat), Major League No. 2735, Official Base Ball No 1913, and Official Soft Ball 2382.

 The bats were most likely manufactured by the Hartwell Brothers of Memphis Tennessee, a manufacture of tool handles that also produced baseball bats. The Hartwell baseball bat center brand is identical to the Gambles baseball bat branding. (See below left column)

 
 
Hiawatha - Gambles Baseball Bats
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