FALL 2012 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/2/2012
Louisville Sluggers have long been the bat of choice by most Major League ballplayers, therefore, it was only appropriate that in 1949 the company began the practice of honoring each League's annual batting champion with the presentation of the coveted "Silver Bat" award. The significance of the honor was reflected by the expense incurred in producing them, as early examples were expertly crafted in sterling silver.
In 1971 Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley sought to acknowledge an important achievement in his team’s history, that being Dixie Walker’s 1944 NL batting title. Because Walker’s achievement pr-dated the issuance of silver bats, O’Malley rectified the matter by having the offered item produced. This full size, H&B Louisville Slugger model 125, Dixie Walker signature model bat bat, finely crafted in sterling silver by Hillerich and Bradsby was issued in 1971 in recognition of Walker leading the National League in 1944 with a .357 batting average. Dixie Walker was a popular outfielder, often described as “The People’s Choice,” for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s. Walker hit his stride with the Dodgers from 1939 to 1947. While navigating the difficult right field wall in Ebbets Field, Walker played a key role in the Brooklyn pennants of 1941 and 1947. Walker followed up his batting title in 1944 by leading the league in RBI (124) the following year. After the 1947 season and some controversy surrounding Robinson coming to Brooklyn, Walker was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, where he played for two more seasons.
This fabulous presentation piece honors one of baseball’s greatest individual achievements and will also increase one’s precious metals portfolio at the same time. Near Mint condition. Weight: 54 ounces. Marked “International Sterling” with hallmark on barrel end.
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