Open same hours as tour. Exit on 3rd St. Turn right onto River Rd. Turn left onto 8th St. Louisville Slugger Museum. The bat is feet tall, made of steel, and hand-painted to look like wood. The bats sizzle and smoke when the world-famous Louisville Slugger trademark is branded onto the wood. Louisville Slugger has used different oval center brands in their history. Below are the ovals from different eras for professional model, top of the line, and inexpensive store model bats. By matching the samples with the logo on your bat, you could approximately date your Louisville Slugger to that era.
Variations in branding for professional model bats could narrow down the years, as described by visiting the link provided. Manufacturing Period Description. This is the earliest label used. The next center brand Reads: "J. All branding has a new font from the previous label. In Frank Bradsby joins the company and Bradsby is added to the company name.
The Center Brand remains exactly the same from the period before but outside and below the oval is changed and now Reads: "REG. The center brand goes through major changes in There are other variations of this label through but the sample is just showing the basic design of the oval. A breakdown of the different labels will be added soon. This bat labeling period is generalized to the use of this style center brand. During this decade they also relocated to their final playing field at Fairgrounds Stadium.
We have yet to discover who this cap belonged to and what experiences they had in it but having a piece of local baseball history is special nonetheless. When most athletes retire, they stop playing and get involved in their sport in a different way. If you're Michael Jordan, though, you start playing a different sport professionally. The greatest basketball player of all time traded in the net for the bat at the end of the season and signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox organization.
Playing for the Birmingham Barons for one season onlyhe unsurprisingly showed great promise but didn't play baseball long enough to make it to the majors. Check out this special bat from our collection!
This is the same model and finish that Jordan ordered during his baseball-playing days. Within 2 years, he would make his first of four All-Star teams. He was also a member of the World Champion Tigers team. Off the field, a protest for racial equality that took place outside of the Tigers' stadium inspired a lifelong devotion to community service and social activism for Horton. He is also celebrated for saving the life of his teammate, Al Kaline, after an on-field collision left him knocked out on the ground, Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl).
Horton's quick response and knowledge from boxing as a child saved Kaline's life. This bat from our collection was game-used by Horton, probably during This is also the same time period that he made his 3rd out of four All-Star appearances. This award is given annually to the best offensive player in each position in both the NL and the ALdecided by coaches and managers in the MLB. You can see this up close in person in our Hold a Piece of History at the museum!
You can also stand with our Griffey statue in the main gallery where you'll see him posed in his signature swing! Have you ever wondered how players' signatures get into their Louisville Slugger bats? Branding plates, like this one here, were an important part!
Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl) computers, when a player signed his contract for Louisville Slugger bats, we cut out his signature from the paper contract and transferred it onto the plate. These plates were used to brand every single one of that players' bats.
What you see here is Hank Greenberg's signature. That's where we took the signature to make this plate! This Detroit Tigers great is considered to be the first Jewish athlete to make it big time. His military service was bookended by his on field accomplishments including being a 5x All-Star and a 2x World Series champ.
Without a doubt, there are some beautiful bats being made today, but old decal bats like this one from our museum collection are truly works of art. This decal bat shows an illustration of player Jake Daubert in the early s. There was a whole line of these decal bats made around featuring players including Honus Wagner, Tris Speaker, and Eddie Collins. These vibrant illustrations have been given new life by including them in our factory tour! Take a look under your foot next time you swing by to see us!
Some thrills of baseball are timeless: the anticipation of your pitcher striking out the opposing team; the excitement of your team loading the bases; the reward of a home run. Some things have about baseball playing have changed quite a bit, including hitting style. Check out these 3 bats from our collection to see how the shape of bats has evolved through the decades to fit the needs of hitters. You can see how the handles get more slender and the barrels are better defined.
Fungo bats are used by coaches to hit ground balls and pop flies to practicing fielders. They are longer than traditional bats and Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl) in diameter.
This makes it easy for a coach to toss a ball into the air and hit a perfect fly ball over and over. Today, Louisville Slugger fungo models like the K and S are used by everyone from MLB managers to parents like me in the backyard. While the Bat Vault contains a trove of bat oddities, two of my favorites are a pair of fungo bats. One of the most uniquely shaped bats in the vault is the C Cuccinelo had a solid year career as an infielder in the bigs from to He made the first All-Star game in as a member of the Dodgers.
After their playing days, Lopez hired Chick as a coach - first with the Indians from tothen with the White Sox from to It was in Chicago that he created this unique fungo. Instead, he might have favored a traditional shaped bat but wanted it to be much lighter than a standard bat. So why not slice off the half of the barrel? Probably because it is so much longer than the other models, coming in at 40 inches. Charlie Moreskonich was born in after his parents had immigrated from Ukraine.
As a ballplayer, he changed his name to Charlie Metro. It was in Chicago that year when Metro took his swing at a uniquely shaped fungo. This formula filled bat was created for the Ontario Science Centre in The stickers adorning the bat describe the physics and dynamics of a baseball bat. The handle of the bat breaks down just how quickly a professional player's reaction time has to be to make contact.
Towards the barrel of the bat, you can see the bat's "Sweet Spot" which is the best place to contact the ball. For batters who have experienced stinging or bat rotation when hitting the ball You may have hit the Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl) a bit too high on the barrel!
Hitting is a science, and this bat hammers that home. There is a lot of information and technique to consider when stepping into the batter's box. It's true! Most of our museum collection is bats: game-used bats, commemorative bats, bat models, mini bats…you get the idea. We are a baseball bat factory, after all. These charming pins have us puzzled, though. We originally thought they were juggling pins, but an expert has told us otherwise. Do you recognize them?
The impact regarding the Supreme Court's decision in Flood v. Kuhn in is a fascinating piece of baseball history. Check out our blog for a look back at this ruling to read how it paved the Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl) for free agency and expanded player's rights in professional baseball.
The Big Bat that greets everyone as they enter our building sets the tone! People are either craning their neck to see the top or figuring out how to get the whole bat in their picture. Standing at a whopping feet tall and weighing 68, pounds, you may wonder how The Big Bat was made. Like our wooden bats, every detail of this giant steel one was attended to. Another remarkable fact is that the Big Bat was moved, in one piece, from the Caldwell factory to ours, through the streets of Louisville.
It was carefully transported on the back of two trucks and was cheered on by flocks of people throughout its journey. One newspaper article noted that it barely missed streetlights on one especially tight turn, but all streetlights were untouched. In lateour friends at Topps asked us to figure out a way to help them honor Hank Aaron. Our factory went to work and designed a throne fit for the Home Run King.
Inwe started our All-Star experiences, providing a behind-the-scenes tour and a look at some of our more unique artifacts are not in public view. The Hank Aaron throne is part of that tour!
A reported 6, people attended his funeral and another 75, people waited outside. This rose was sent by an attendant to one of our executives afterward. Babe Ruth had a personal relationship with the Hillerich family. He attended the Kentucky Derby more than once as their guest and his wife stayed in touch after he passed away. Superstitions, we all have a few! Read up on the wacky superstitions and pre-game rituals that helped some legendary sluggers over the years.
By the early s, he settled on two models that he used almost exclusively the remainder of his career: the U1 and G The U1 was created in by Frenchy Uhalt. It is a big-barreled bat but its unique feature is that it has no knob to it, just a flare at the end of the bat. The G was created by Tom Burn - Various - Louisville Sluggers I (Vinyl) in and is just a modified U1 model with a slightly thinner handle. While neither Uhalt or Glaviano would become household names like Clemente, Roberto uses their models to win the MVP and for most his 3, hits.
The one thing Clemente never did was design his own Louisville Slugger model. That changed in Bradley traveled from Louisville to Cincinnati to meet with Clemente in person.
There, they worked together to make some tweaks to the knobless U1 model. Bradley returned to Louisville where he would make the modifications Clemente had requested and thus the C model was created. Unfortunately for the Pirates and Clemente, the Reds knocked them out of the playoffs in five games. So by the time Clemente received his new model C, the season was over.
We believe Hank Aaron wore this cap in this span of several impressive years in which he achieved a number of milestones. Aaron achieved the feat of being the first player in Braves history to hit his th career home run in he's still the only Braves player to achieve this. If he wasn't wearing this cap while breaking one of these records, he was certainly wearing it while he was on his way. And for this, we tip our caps to, Hammerin' Hank! I love to read, I love baseball, and while there are so many great baseball books I do have a few favorites.
Note that all these titles are available for download or for purchase used online so you can read them without a trip to your library. Teddy ballgame approached hitting and his Louisville Sluggers with scientific precision. I remember checking this book out of my middle school library and the pages were all worn and falling out.
Once I read it, I knew why. This one is a must for anyone who wants to be a better hitter or coach. Imagine hearing first-hand accounts from Stan Coveleski, Specs Toporcer, Fred Snodgrass, and many more greats from the early 20th Century. Then read this book! While there have been many great books about the Negro leagues, this one is still my favorite. Written before Ken Burns introduced many Americans to these great players and their stories, this book is a great introduction to Negro league history.
And let me know how that turned out for the Red Sox. A must-read for all baseball fans! It easily transports you to America as it weaves one unforgettable story after another about that amazing season. Once you get to the NL pennant race between the Pirates, Giants, and Cubs, you cannot put this one down! The Reggie! Bar", it tells you how good it is. Bars to the fans. As he rounded the bases, the nearly 45, fans in attendance showered Reggie and the White Sox players with their chocolate projectiles.
White Sox manager, Bob Lemon, was not impressed.
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