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Finish: Matte Black | Cool Grey
Official Bat Of Major League Baseball
Approximate 2 1/2 Inch Barrel Diameter
Approximate -3 Length To Weight Ratio
Bone Rubbed To Compress Wood & Make It More Durable
C271 Turn Model
EXOARMOR Doubles Surface Hardness For Superior Power, Premium Pop, & Better Overall Feel
Ink Dot Certification Proves Slope Of Grain For MLB Approval
Manufactured With Pride In The United States
MLB Grade Maple Wood Construction
Most Balanced Swing Weight Score
Pro Cupped End Ensures A Harder Piece Of Wood During Construction
Seamless Decals Deliver A Pristine Look Without Added Stress Or Heat
Standard Handle Supplies Better Control At The Plate
Louisville Slugger Prime wood bats provide authentic power to professionals in Major League Baseball. As the official bat of MLB, each one of these models comes with a pristine look, premium pop on contact, and one of the hardest hitting barrels in baseball. The latest and greatest feature for the 2019 season is Louisville Slugger's exclusive Seamless Decals. With branding that blends into the pro-grade wood with perfect precision, there's no added stress, pressure, or heat applied so that you're swinging a wood bat in its purest form. MLB Prime wood bats are also coated with the multi-layered Exoarmor that is guaranteed to double the hitting surface hardness, supply a superior sound, and extend the overall life of each design. Don't even start to think that the hard truth ends there because it doesn't. Adding to the already long list of revolutionary features, each Louisville Slugger Prime arrives bone rubbed with a pro cupped end to ensure a more dense piece of wood with incredible strength. To earn the title as the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, all of these Prime wood bats will also come with the ink dot certification below the barrel to prove the slope-of-grain requirement for MLB approval. The best part? Each one of these wood baseball bats is handcrafted with pride in the United States. Louisville Slugger: Leave Your Mark!
This matte black Louisville Slugger Prime Special Ops Maple Wood Baseball Bat (WTLWPM271I18) features a C271 turn model, an approximate drop 3 length to weight ratio, and the most balanced swing weight available in the 2019 lineup. Due to the medium sized barrel, standard handle, and standard knob, this model is primarily recommended for contact hitters who have experience hitting with wood. Bring power to your play at the plate and buy one of these Louisville Slugger wood bats today with free shipping. Don't forget, with our 24/7 customer service, we'll be here for you from click to hit!
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About the Brand
In 1842, J. Frederick Hillerich emigrated with his family from Baden-Baden, Germany to the United States. Eight years before, the 1834 Book of Sports had made its debut as the nation's first publication covering baseball. But when he arrived in Baltimore, J. Frederick Hillerich would never have dreamed of the future impact his family would have on America's favorite pastime.
After a short while, the Hillerichs moved to Louisville, where J. Fred started a woodworking shop in 1856. Two of his sons, Adam and John Andrew "Bud" were born in the United States and would later join their father in his business. By 1864 "J.F. Hillerich, Job Turning" was in operation and filled orders for businesses by custom-turning everything from balusters to bedposts.
The firm thrived, and by 1875 the little woodworking shop employed about 20 people. In 1880 Bud Hillerich, who was an amateur baseball player, became an apprentice in his father's shop. Young Bud made his own baseball bats along with bats for several of his teammates.
The debate over the origins of the first bat continues to generate controversy among baseball enthusiasts, but the younger Hillerich was most certainly involved in getting his father's business involved with what would become the company's signature item. According to company legend, the first bat was turned by Bud for Pete "The Old Gladiator" Browning in 1884. Browning was a star on Louisville's professional American Association team - the Eclipse. On a spring afternoon Bud, then seventeen, witnessed Browning break his favorite bat. Bud offered to make a bat for his hero, and Browning accepted. After the young wood shop apprentice lathed a quality stick from white ash, according to the story, Browning got three hits with it in the next game.
Louisville Slugger gloves are worn by more pitchers in Major League Baseball than any other glove.
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