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A Hillerich & Bradsby, Pre Model number bat dating from the 1916-21 labeling period with the name WILLIAMS emblazoned upon the barrel. Exhibits heavy use with a handle crack repaired with two nails and ball marks on the right and back barrel. The bat also shows evidence of having been factory side written in grease pencil JH Lloyd Palm Beach FL. During the first half of the 20th Century, it was commonplace for players to send a preferred model bat back to the factory to request models of the same type. Once at the factory, it would be planed and inscribed with the length, weight, player’s name, date received and team affiliation. Negro League legend and Hall of Famer John Henry “Pop” Lloyd (1884-1964) played for several teams during the labeling period of the offered bat, including the Chicago American Giants, Brooklyn Royal Giants and Bacharach Giants. The WILLIAMS referenced on the bat may possibly be Hall of Famer “Smokey Joe” Williams (1886-1951) who was active in the Negro Leagues during “Pop” Lloyd’s career. Authenticated by PSA/DNA.
34 in.
33.1 oz.

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