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St. Mary's Baseball bat
1960's -1972
St. Mary's Baseball Bat


  Canada's Favorite Hespeler-St. Mary's Wood Specialties Ltd. Baseball Bats
 
Canada's Favorite Hespeler - St. Mary's Baseball Bat
 Canada's Favorite Hespeler - St. Mary's Baseball Bat
Item Details

MANUFACTURING PERIOD
1933-1972

MANUFACTURER
Hespeler-St.Mary’s
Wood Specialties Ltd
Hespeler, Canada

Information Provided by:
Keymancollectibles.com

Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
St. Marys, ON, Canada,

 
 
NOTES:
 
   St. Marys Wood Specialty Company was founded in 1908 by Solen Doolittle on James Street, in the town of St. Mary's, Ontario, Canada. Following a fire in January of 1912, the company moved and was enlarged to accommodate the tool handle, hockey stick and St. Mary's line of baseball bats. By 1915, the St. Mary’s Wood Specialty Co. cataloged 16 models of hockey sticks and 27 models of baseball bats. In 1933 St Mary's was purchased by Joseph E. Seagram, the Canadian distiller of Seagram's whisky. The company's name was changed to Hespeler-St.Mary’s Wood Specialties Ltd approximately two years later.

 In 1972, Cooper Canada Ltd, Canada's leading producer of leather baseball gloves and protective ice hockey equipment, acquired the company, which lead to the production of the Cooper Baseball Bat. In 1986 Major League Baseball approved Cooper baseball bats which gained popularity with such players as Tony Fernández, Buck Martínez, Tim Raines, Paul Molitor, Kelly Gruber, Jesse Barfield, Cecil Fielder, Joe Carter, and Hubie Brooks. They were the first Canadian-made bats used in major league play.

 The early St. Mary’s Wood Specialties Ltd baseball bats featured a decal, as the "Excelsior" model pictured below. The 1930's-1940's Center Brand featured the "St. Mary's" script logo, with the model No. and "BATS" below, and at the bottom "HESPELER CANNADA." Player endorsement includes No. 45 League Pro. Joe DiMaggio Model. The1950's-1960's center band a double bordered oval, with the "St. Mary's" script logo in the center, The model No. and "Bats" below, and inside the outer border reads "Canada's Favorite" at the top, and "Hespeler Canada" at the bottom. Player indorsement includes No. 45 League Pro. Edie Mathews Model. The 1960's-1972 center brand pictured below left, is a 45 League Pro. Willie Mays Model.

 
 
 Hespeler - St. Mary's Wood Specialties Ltd. Baseball Bats
1933-1940's St. Mary's Baseball Bat

St. Mary's Baseball Bat 
1950's-1960's St. Mary's Baseball Bat

1939 St. Mary's Bats advertisement St. Mary's Baseball Bat
1939 St. Mary's Bats advertisement Early St. Mary's Wood Specialty Co. Baseball Bat

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