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Hornsby was one of the best batters ever to play major league baseball who played most of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals. It seems that for most of the teens era, Cobb was winning American League batting titles and Hornsby was winning them for the National League. With regards to Zinn Beck model bats, the examples that were side written and could be proven to have been used in the major leagues was this model, the 100 Diamond Ace along with the Extra Special models. H&B records list Hornsby lenghts at 35" and 36", this bat measures 34". Regarding weight, his H&B records have him on file at 32 to 40 ounces. The specifics of the bat are as follows:

Title: 1920's Rogers Hornsby Zinn Beck Professional Model Game Used Bat

Player: Rogers Hornsby

Block/Script Name: Block Letter Last Name Only

Label Period: 1924-30 circa

Year/s Used: 1924-30 circa

Mfg: Zinn Beck

Model Number: 100 Diamond Ace

Length: 34"

Weight: 33 ounces

Game Use: Heavy

Ball Marks: Heavy

Swelling: Yes

Grain Separation: Yes

Cleat Marks: Yes

Rack Marks: No

Nails/Screws: No

Cracked: Yes

Pine Tar: No

Handle Tape: No

Handle Crack: 7" multiple cracks glued

Barrel Crack: No

Dents/Gouges: Yes

Autographed: No

Knob Markings: No

Barrel Markings: No

Provenance: No Provenance

Factory Records: No

Player Traits: No

Grade: Authentic

Comments: Examples of Zinn Beck have been documented through examined examples and available photogaphs. MEARS has examined the following 100 Diamond Ace centerbrands that were consistent with professional use:

100 Diamond Ace (circa 1924-30)

- W.E. White (no major league experience)

- Jack LeRoy (no major league experience)

- Billy Rhiel played for Dodgers 1929, Braves 1930

- Bechtel (no major league experience)

- Frank Walker NY Giants 1925

- Collins: last name only. Eddie, Pat, Phil, Shano or Zip (most likely Eddie Collins)

- Type of bat used by Traynor

- Type of bat used by Hornsby

- Type of bat used by Sisler

- Type of bat used by Ruth

- Lou Gehrig Ace of the Diamond

- Type of bat used by Bottomley

- Type of bat used by Meusel (Bob or Irish)

- Type of bat used by Cuyler

- Type of bat used by Bob Meusel

- Type of bat used by Johnson (Walter per comparing to Louisville Slugger example)

- Cobb Model (block letter Cobb last name only)

- Type of bat used by Cy Williams (side written Vic Ruedy 5-18-29, no major league experience)

- Type of bat used by Joe Jackson (barnstorming model)

Photographic evidence supporting Zinn Beck bats being used in the major leagues include:

MEARS database Ruth with Zinn Beck batin dugot

MEARS database Ruth with Zinn Beck bat in chair

MEARS database Gehrig with Zinn Beck bat



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