September 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 9/15/2017 2:03:00 AM

Lot #648: 1910-15 Eddie Collins Game-Used 40K Kork Grip Louisville Slugger Bat


Hall of Famer Eddie Collins was a unique ballplayer for his time, focusing on academics as much as athletics and graduating from Columbia University at a time when few baseball players attended college. Known for his honesty, confidence and intelligence, he was never approached by gamblers as a member of the 1919 "Black Sox" because he was thought to be too honest and prideful to take a bribe for willfully losing games. Despite batting just .226 in the Series, Collins had such a sterling reputation that he was never accused of being part of the conspiracy. To this day, his name is mentioned alongside Rogers Hornsby and Napoleon Lajoie as one of the game's greatest second baseman, ranking #11 all-time in hits, #17 in runs scored, #12 in triples and #8 in stolen bases, including two of only three six-steal games in major league history (within two weeks of each other). Presented is an amazing piece of baseball history, put into service by one of the truest of baseball legends. This awesome piece of lumber is a Louisville Slugger 40K Kork Grip bat, used by Eddie Collins during the time period of 1910-15. Invented by Ty Cobb and popular with major-leaguers up to the 1930s, the bat style featured a cork-wrapped handle that would effectively negate some of the sting from contact. Before long, many superstars were switching to the Kork Grip bat, including Babe Ruth, Joe Jackson, George Sisler, Ed Roush and Eddie Collins. While the cork on this bat has been removed and the wood on the barrel shows clear signs of age, the bat has weathered the past century remarkable well and is sure to be a significant addition to any advanced collection.
Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$1,764.18
Minimum Bid:$1,200
Number of Bids:3