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The very first organized Babe Ruth League was established in Hamilton, NJ in 1951.  The inaugural Babe Ruth League World Series took place in 1952 (though the league was not named after Babe Ruth until 1954).  Over the years, many future pro athletes played Babe Ruth League baseball.  The 1956 World Championship team from Trenton, New Jersey had one future big leaguer in Al Downing, who would go on to pitch for 17 seasons in the majors beginning in 1961.  Downing won 20 games for the 1971 Dodgers and finished third in the Cy Young voting, but is probably best known for giving up the record-breaking 715th career home run to Hank Aaron in 1974.

Presented here is the Louisville Slugger commemorative black bat honoring the Trenton championship team.  Stylistically similar to the World Series Black Bats distributed to players, this bat is branded "Trenton, New Jersey/1956 National Champions/Babe Ruth League Baseball", with the various team members, including Downing, branded in block letters around the barrel.  VG/EX condition with some various scuffs, scratches and signs of wear, an interesting collectible related to New Jersey baseball, the Babe Ruth league, and Downing himself.

1956 Trenton, NJ Babe Ruth League World Series Black Bat w/Al Downing1956 Trenton, NJ Babe Ruth League World Series Black Bat w/Al Downing
1956 Trenton, NJ Babe Ruth League World Series Black Bat w/Al Downing
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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