RARE Earl Averill M.R. Campbell Inc ACE Bat Tullahoma, Tenn HOF 35" 36 OZ For Sale


RARE  Earl Averill  M.R. Campbell Inc  ACE Bat  Tullahoma, Tenn HOF 35


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RARE Earl Averill M.R. Campbell Inc ACE Bat Tullahoma, Tenn HOF 35" 36 OZ:
$388

This is a really nice find! It's rare to see a M.R. Campbell bat. It's also rare to see an Earl Averill signature model bat. Put both of those together and this is a bat you'll probably never run across again. This bat is uncracked, measures 35 inches and weighs 36 ounces. Averill is an under appreciated Hall of Famer who was born and spent the better part of his life in the Northwest. Not enough is known about this maker to determine if this bat could have been made for Averill's own use or is a store model, but it certainly has major league dimensions. The bat has numerous splatters of paint and the name MAY written in ink on the back. But I'll leave it to the know owner to decide whether or not they want to clean it up. It's a really great rare bat!
The below information on this rare bat maker is from Keyman Collectibles:Founded by Michael Ross Campbell in 1870, the M.R. Campbell Co. operated a hub & spoke company in Tullahoma, Tenn. Manufacturing automobile parts, carriages and buggy shafts, M.R. Campbell entered the baseball bat market by the 1920's. They also manufactured golf shafts and other sporting goods of wood. Just as JF Hillerich Co. did, they began to manufacturer baseball bats from wagon tongues that had been used for covered wagons. The company remained in operation until 1935.

Because of the lack of catalog information, it is difficult to accurately date these bats. The M.R. Campbell chain-link oval center brands without "Inc." after M.R. Campbell most likely predate the bats with center brands that have "INC" after M.R. Campbell.

The Ace model with the chain-link oval, and the Camel Logo center brands are M.R. Campbell's top of the line baseball bats. Some have been attributed to use by Major League players.

It has been noted that Hillerich & Bradsby owned M.R. Campbell at one time but there is no documentation available or records that show this. Player endorsements on M.R. Campbell baseball bats include: Kid Elberfeld, Walter Butch Henline, Al Simmons, KiKi Cuyler, Lyn Lary, Jimmie Reese, and Jimmie Fox

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