19 - 20 October 2016
JOE TINKER PROFESSIONAL MODEL BAT
An un-cracked, Hillerich & Bradsby, Pre Model number bat dating from the 1910 labeling period with the name TINKER emblazoned upon the barrel. Exhibits evidence of game use and areas of dark residue on the barrel. Some areas of the residue have ‘alligatored’ indicating the bat was exposed to extreme heat, namely the fire which gutted the J.F. Hillerich & Son factory on December 13th, 1910. The bat also shows evidence of having been factory side written TINKER. 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. Hall of Famer Joe Tinker (1880-1948) played for the Chicago Cubs from 1902-1912, during the labeling period of the offered bat. The offered lot is the only known example of a Joe Tinker bat. Authenticated and graded by PSA/DNA GU 10.
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