Classic October 2007
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On both the professional and retail levels, more than a handful of lathes produced bats en masse as baseball's popularity skyrocketed in the early 20th Century. While Spalding, and shortly thereafter, Hillerich & Sons, virtually cornered the market, a few upstart plants got into the mix, as well. Among those manufacturers was Michigan's Pontiac Turning Co.—which produced the offered war club. Hawked by the likes of Napoleon Lajoie, these store model weapons were turned to the specifications of the models brandished at the Big League level. This example is endorsed by hitting great Honus Wagner—as evidenced by a block-letter stamping on the Hornsby knob. With dimensions of 34 inches and a weighty 43 ounces, this hitting relic flaunts a rich brown patina and a pronounced centerbrand that features an engraved image of a Native American (complete with headdress). In arched text, the stampings read "PONTIAC TURNING CO. - PONTIAC, MICH. - 4."Uncracked, the item exhibits heavy use, with surface marks and minor indentations throughout.
Scarce 1910s Century "Pontiac Turning Co." Wagner Bat
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