Vintage Base Ball Bats
From it’s pre-Civil War origins through the Turn-of-the-century experiments, to the modern profile, the evolution of baseball itself can be traced with these bats. The early ball players made their own baseball bats from any handy wood including old tools, wagon tongues, and tree branches. These were very different from the skillfully hand-turned baseball bats of the late 19th century and a far cry from the baseball bats swung by modern baseball players. Turn of the Century baseball bats brought attempts to improve the physics of hitting. The ball-balance and mushroom handled baseball bats provided a counterweight to the heavy, stiff barrel delivery better control of the bat.
Our Vintage Base Ball Bats have been measured from actual bats that exist in the archives of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The finish is a traditional stain and wax finish.
Vintage Town Ball – 9 inch Baseball$39.99
The Cooperstown Baseball Company town ball has a cloth wrapped core with a hand stitched lemon peel cover. Use in re-enactments or as a conversation piece.
Acorn Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
Acorn Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica
Called an “acorn” bat because of the decorative profile of the knob, this replica maintains the shallow taper of a straight barrel bat and thick handle of earlier bat profiles.
Ball-Balanced Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
c. 1900 The ball-balanced bat was meant to provide a counterweight to the heavy, stiff barrel delivering better control of the bat, as well as provide a more reliable grip to the better than a knobless profile.
Bottle Bat – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
c. 1912-1927. The 34 3/4″ bottle bat design is based on research into the bats used by 3rd baseman Heine Groh at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Doubleday Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
As the myth goes, in 1839 in Elihu Phinney’s cow pasture, now Doubleday Field, Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball.
Knobless Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
c. 1915 This knobless model reflects a refinement from earlier Civil War-era bats. A thinner handle and more pronounced, almost knob-like flair reduced weight and provided better control despite the still-gradual taper from the straight barrel.
Lajoie Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
c. 1904 The split-grip bat was used in both practice and play, and was an experiment in increasing the batter’s accuracy.
Mushroom Model – Vintage Baseball Bat Replica$79.99
As with the ball handle, the mushroom handle was designed counter balance the barrel. Usable for re-enactment play or as a unique conversation piece.