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  Pontiac Turning Company Baseball Bat
 
Pontiac Turning Co. Indian Headdress Logo baseball bat
 Pontiac Turning Co. Indian Headdress Logo
Item Details

MANUFACTURING PERIOD
1900-1915

MANUFACTURER
Pontiac Turning Company
Pontiac, Michigan

 

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NOTES:
 
   Established by Edward M. Murphy in 1893, the Pontiac Buggy Company manufactured horse drawn carriages in Pontiac, Michigan. Competing in the market with Spalding, Reach, and a young Hillerich & Bradsby company, the Pontiac factory also turned out baseball bats. In 1907 the company established the Oakland Motor Car Corp., located in the Oakland County of Michigan, and focused it's attention to motorcars. The factory in Pontiac continued to turn out baseball bats.

The J.F Hillerich & Sons Company, Louisville Slugger baseball bat company acquired the plant of the Pontiac Turning Company in 1912. Hillerich & Bradsby purchased the plant to increase production of their brand of baseball bats but continued to manufacture the Pontiac brand for a number of years. The Oakland Motor Car Corporation's Pontiac became its own GM division by the early 1930s.

 The baseball bat center brand logo features an Indian with a headdress surrounded by the words, “PONTIAC TURNING CO." above, and "TRADE MARK, PONTIAC, MICH" below. Followed by the model No. The Indian Logo depicts the great Chief Pontiac who the city of Pontiac, Michigan was named after. Pontiac or Obwandiyag, was the Ottawa tribe leader who became famous for his role in Pontiac's Rebellion, an American Indian struggle against the British military occupation of the Great Lakes region.
 
 It has been documented that the Pontiac Turning Co. made bats for use in professional leagues including Major league players Frank Chance, Napoleon Lajoie, and Hugh Jennings. The players names were stamped into the knob of "Professional Style" bats.

 As advertised: The material used in the construction of PONTIAC BATS is the best obtainable second growth White Ash. All sticks are carefully selected and seasoned under cover, insuring the best possible condition of the timber. They are treated to a thorough soaking in linseed oil, which when dries gives a hard finish. PONTIAC BATS are not painted or varnished to cover defects and the purchaser is absolutely certain of securing a perfect article. Assorted lengths from 30 t0 36 in, weight 36-42 oz. each.

 
 
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