Jackie Robinson's 1955 World Series bat up for auction
A baseball bat used by Jackie Robinson in the 1955 World Series is heading for auction later this month.
The game-used bat, from Robinson's only career World Series title with the Brooklyn Dodgers, will be offered at Goldin Auctions in a special sale benefitting the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
Jackie Robinson remains one of the most significant players in baseball history.
In 1947 he became the first African American player to play in the MLB, breaking baseball’s color line, and that same year won the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year Award.
Throughout his 10-year career he was also named National League Most Valuable Player (1949), Batting Champion (1949) and a two-time stolen base champ (1947 and 1949), along with six All-Star appearances.
But the pinnacle of his career came in 1955, when he helped the Brooklyn Dodgers defeat the New York Yankees to claim their first and only World Series title.
The bat offered at Goldin Auctions is a Hillerich & Bradsby model bat made specifically for Robinson to use in the world series.
Featuring his faux signature on the barrel, along with the stamps "1955 WORLD SERIES" and "BROOKLYN DODGERS", the bat was created to his regular season specifications and bears signs of definite game use.
As the only example of its kind ever offered at auction, the bat is expected to sell for upwards of $400,000.
The current record price for a Jackie Robinson bat was set in August 2016, when a bat used during his rookie season in 1947 sold at heritage Auctions for $478,000.
"There are precious few game used bats attributed to Jackie Robinson, and every one that has survived is a cherished piece of baseball history," said the auction house. "However, this bat, being the only bat known used by Jackie in his (and Brooklyn’s) only World Championship, puts it in a category all its own.
"This is a true baseball artifact from one of the greatest Word Series of all-time, used by one of the greatest men to ever play the game."
Bidding in the Goldin Auctions Jackie Robinson 70th Anniversary Auction closes April 29.
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