MLB player BARNEY McCOSKY COLLEGIATE GAME USED SPALDING 126 BASEBALL BAT Vintage
MLB player BARNEY McCOSKY COLLEGIATE GAME USED SPALDING 126 BASEBALL BAT Vintage. MLB player BARNEY McCOSKY COLLEGIATE GAME USED SPALDING 126 BASEBALL BAT Vintage 35 stamped on knob. The youngest of nine children in a Lithuanian-Polish working-class family, Barney was born in the mining town of Coal Run, Pennsylvania, on April 11, 1917, one week after Congress voted for the United States to enter World War I. When he was 5, his father, seeking a job in Detroit's booming auto industry, moved his family to the Motor City. A youngster who thrived on baseball and basketball, Barney was playing the national pastime before the Great Depression began in 1930.
As a sandlotter, he dreamed of playing in the major leagues, and his hero was Charlie Gehringer, the Hall of Fame second baseman who starred for the Tigers from 1926 to 1942. The youth copied Gehringer's left-handed stance, grip, and smooth swing while playing American Legion ball in the summers. Moved to the outfield by Southwestern High's coach as a sophomore, McCosky was spotted by Aloysius "Wish" Egan, the Tigers' chief scout. 457 as a junior and.727 as a senior, but he wanted to go to college. Egan and the Tigers made the 18-year-old an offer he couldn't refuse: He would play one year in the minors, and if he didn't perform well, Detroit would pay for his four years of college. Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva's. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\Baseball-MLB\Bats".
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- Spalding 126 Collegiate Game Used Bat: Nitro-Ized
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Player: Barney McCoskey
- Features: Used in Game
- Sport: Baseball
- Team: Detroit Tigers