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Here is a piece of early American baseball history. (My father was a garage sale/flea market/sale junky and over the course of his life he filled our house with all sorts of interesting finds. My father acquired this bat in the Northeast of the USA, most likely Hudson Valley of New York state.)
This bat has been around our house since before I can remember. It is inscribed on the barrel with some names, a team name and the date. Details are as follows:
-- 50" long with black tape on the handle that looks to be original. This looks to my eye to be handmade, not manufactured by a company, but I could be wrong.
-- The date carved on the barrel is "Sept. 26 '08" (I will assume this is 1908)
-- Also carved on the barrel:
"H.B.C. Bluffs" (I believe this was the team name)
Players names carved on the barrel:
Clare R. Powell
Mose (?) Batchelder
My friend who does genealogy looked at it and did some research. Here is what he sent me:
"There is a George MacDiarmid in the 1900 census for Greenburgh, Westchester County, New York. He was 27 years old (35 in 1908). He was a carpenter, so physically active. The 1900 Greenburgh census also featured a Robert Kirkpatrick, age 32, also a carpenter. There were also a bunch of Powells, though no obvious candidates. I had less luck with Barrows & Batchelder. Greenburgh borders the Hudson. Could mean something . . . or nothing."
Condition: It definitely has some scars: dings, dents and the like, but no super major bites.
Please look at the pictures. I am by no means an expert in baseball memorabilia, but this looks to be an early piece of baseball history and early 20th century Americana.
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