This is an 1897-1911 J. F. Hillerich & Son Baseball Bat. Louisville Slugger began making baseball bats in 1897.
This baseball bat is a great example of one of their
earliest styles. Measuring 33 ½” it is extremely heavy, the logo is choice and the handle is very thick, just a FANTASTIC antique baseball bat.
In 1905 Honus Wagner, a star for the Pittsburgh Pirates, signed a contract
& Bradsby co. and
became the first player ever to endorse a bat. His autograph was also the first to be used on a bat and the first known professional athlete endorsement of a retail product.
Ty Cobb signed with the company in 1908. This
Bat has no player endorsement.
this, and other vintage baseball bats at:
CENTER: J.F. HILLERERICH
BOTTOM: LOUISVILLE K.Y.
OUTSIDE OVAL BOTTOM
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