Spalding YMCA bat

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Spalding YMCA bat

Postby brooklynblue » August 25th, 2012, 1:14 pm

Hi I found this today at an antique show in my area does anyone have any information on it? Thanks
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Re: Spalding YMCA bat

Postby jpop43 » August 25th, 2012, 4:04 pm

Your bat likely dates from 1917-1919 as the vast majority of YMCA marked bats (although still quite scarce) were made exclusively to be sent overseas to servicemen as part of the morale/welfare/recreation effort during WWI. Most YMCA bats out there were mfg. by Louisville Slugger and your is only the third non LS model I've ever seen...Spalding and Wilson examples are the others that I've come across.

Here is an example of a Spalding bat in our collection that has been stamped with the YMCA logo:
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=567

Here is another indoor example like yours made by Louisville Slugger:
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=544

Most of the YMCA bats out there happen to be professional grade, pro model examples...here are some more specimens:
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=104
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=468
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=545

Some other YMCA marked items...balls, gloves, etc:
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=554
http://dugouttreasures.com/productDetai ... prodID=260

Sorry I got a little carried away here with the YMCA stuff...it just happens to be one of the focusses of our collection. Oh, and I've never seen one marked CANADIAN...so, its different, but makes sense considering Canada's involvement in WWI. Nice find, and fairly rare.

www.dugouttreasures.com
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Re: Spalding YMCA bat

Postby brooklynblue » August 25th, 2012, 4:26 pm

Thanks for the info,I also just want to let you know that your book and collection are amazing. thanks again
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Re: Spalding YMCA bat

Postby jpop43 » August 25th, 2012, 6:38 pm

Thanks...we really appreciate that. If you are so inclined, please share your thoughts on the book here, as we are still trying to get the word out:
http://www.vintagebaseballgloveforum.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=5024

Again, nice bat!
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