On a rare day off in the heat of a 1925 summer, Ty Cobb and his Detroit Tigers teammates were en route from New York to Boston when they stopped at Lake Oscawana, a popular resort area. Exactly what happened that day has been lost to history, but Cobb made a friend in local resident Al Johnson. Now, the bat the often cantankerous Cobb signed and gave away in return for the kindness he received is going on the auction block.
No autographed Cobb bats have ever been offered within the hobby, according to MEARS’ Troy Kinunen. Cobb also added the date and “Lake Oscawana” inscription. His handwriting has been authenticated by JSA.
MEARS indicates the bat includes tobacco juice stains and is consistent with bats ordered by Cobb during the mid-1920s.
How the two World War I veterans may have connected and an examination of the bat itself are detailed here.
A signed Babe Ruth baseball has also come from the same consignor. Here’s a link to the auction.