The bar was set on Saturday, when a Jackie Robinson All-Star model bat from 1949 was sold for $1.08 million.
Brooklyn was the host for the 1949 midsummer classic, which was notable for being the first MLB All-Star Game to have Black players selected for the game. From Goldin Auctions, the bat is “a Hillerich & Bradsby S100 model bat that was specifically made for and used by Jackie Robinson during the 1949 All-Star Game played at Jackie’s home park at Brooklyn’s Ebbetts Field.”
Robinson started at second base, batted second, hit a double, walked, and scored three times for the National League.
“The direct provenance from Rachel Robinson and the added historical significance of the 1949 All-Star Game being played in Brooklyn place this example at the pinnacle of Jackie game bats,” said David Hunt, CEO of Hunt Auctions, who bought the bat on behalf of a private client.
This was the first of six MLB All-Star Games for Robinson, who started five times. He also won National League MVP that season, winning a batting title while hitting .342/.432/.528. Robinson led the NL with 37 stolen bases, and set career highs with 203 hits and 124 RBI.
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