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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.
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
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