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A Hillerich & Bradsby, Pre Model number bat dating from the 1932-34 labeling period with the name JUD WILSON emblazoned upon the barrel. Exhibits heavy use with a repaired handle crack, ball marks and stitch impressions on the right, left and back barrel, cleat marks on the right barrel, and the top barrel has been player modified by the removal of 1/4” off the top of the barrel to reduce weight. The bat also shows evidence of having been factory side written in grease pencil ’33.oz Jud Wilson. 5-14-37. 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 slugger and Hall of Famer Jud Wilson (1894-1963) played for the Homestead Grays 1931-32, Pittsburgh Crawfords 1932 and Philadelphia Stars 1933-39, during the labeling period of the offered bat. Authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA GU 9.5.
35.75 in.
32.8 oz

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