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Patented 1905 Reach MUSHROOM Bat

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The MUSHROOM bat is a must have for every serious collector of turn of the century baseball. It represents one of the great innovations of baseball during a time when great baseball minds the likes of Albert G. Spalding, Alexander J. Wright, coaches, players and others were looking to improve the tools of the trade in any way possible. The MUSHROOM bat was patented by Reach on August 1, 1905. The Mushroom design refers to the unusually large knob which as indicated in the Reach catalog, was meant to "enable the batsman to get a more even distribution of weight than was possible under the old construction." John McGraw, manager of the New York National Base Ball Club, had this to say, "For a long time I have been trying to find a bat that would balance when choking. Not until I used the Mushroom bat, invented by Jack Pickett, have I found a bat that was up to my idea." The history of the Mushroom bat may be rare but it remains a rich and an important part of baseball today. This particular example features strong markings showing the Reach logo and August 1st 1905 patent date. The all important mushroom knob is well formed and free of any cracks or chips. The bat measures 33 inches and remains in EX-MT condition.

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