This extraordinary newly discovered Ty Cobb decal bat, manufactured by J. Graded A7. Ideally, it is also new to the hobby. Our consignor, a noncollector, originally received the bat many years ago from his grandfather, who played in the minor leagues in the early s, and it has been in his family for over years. This is a particularly exciting find due to its period of manufacture.
Hillerich & Bradsby
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In addition to its traditional wooden Sluggers, which are still made in Louisville, the company manufactures more than models of aluminum bats for baseball and softball in an Ontario, California manufacturing plant, and a line of baseball and softball gloves. The company also owns some 5, acres of forest in Pennsylvania and New York, from which it harvests the wood to produce its bats. The company that would come to be one of the biggest names in American baseball traces its roots to a young German immigrant named J. Michael Hillerich. In , Hillerich--a "cooper," or craftsman who made wooden casks and barrels--left his home in Baden-Baden and moved his family to Baltimore, Maryland. Baltimore was only a temporary stop, however, and the Hillerichs soon settled permanently in Louisville, Kentucky.
Hillerich & Bradsby Baseball Bat H & B Bat
Until , the company owned the Louisville Slugger brand. In that year they sold the Louisville Slugger division to Wilson, although their factory still makes the actual bats. Hillerich opened his woodworking shop in Louisville in During the s, Hillerich hired his seventeen-year-old son, John "Bud" Hillerich.
Notice that the P in Bats is vintage in the era where as the bottom loop of the P now cross over. In addition, in a Baseball Bell stamp replaces the word Powerized for just powerbilt to commemorate the Baseball. In the Liberty Bell is dropped and the model number remains on the barrel. Note that the Powerized is back on and the model number remains on the barrel.