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Circa 1970 Dave Leonhard Game-Used Bat & Glove Pair with Provenance

Lot Number 1107

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Imagine having a run-of-the-mill high school and college baseball career, then taking a job as a history teacher, and then showing little if any interest in pro baseball—and yet a persistent scout believes in you and steers you to the majors for what becomes 6 seasons with the Orioles. That is precisely what happened to Dave Leonhard, who suited up for two World Series and brought home one championship ring. Talk about a Cinderella story! Leonhard's Spalding glove shows medium use and has his surname marked on the inside pinky and outside ring finger. His bat is an Andy Etchebarren model with a handle crack, knob notation "40" (Leonhard's number), and heavy barrel use. The pair is accompanied by a Leonhard signed photo and two of Leonhard's pertinent handwritten letters to Mike Zolotorow, a sales representative of the Brooks Robinson Sporting Goods Co. and a former Orioles equipment manager. One says "As for any equipment of mine that Clay still has, you are more than welcome to it." The other says, "I'll try to come up with a cracked bat though they are traditionally the property of the bat boy. If I am able to get one, where will I meet you to give it to you & how will I recognize you?"

Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.

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