End Loaded Swing Weight
Approved For Play In SSUSA (1.21 BPF)
Ron Parnell Signature Softball Bat
Three-Piece, Composite Softball Bat
TRU3 Connection Helps Reduce Vibration & Provides An Unreal Feeling On Contact
100% Spring Recoil Design Improves Durability
Friction Blast Barrel Finish Enhances Ball Flight
7/8 Inch Tapered Handle
12.00 Inch Barrel Length
2 1/4 Inch Barrel Diameter
This Louisville Slugger Hyper Z Senior Slow Pitch Softball Bat (WTLHZS17E) features a 12.00-inch barrel length, a 7/8-inch tapered handle, and the SSUSA approved BPF 1.21 certification stamp for senior softball play. Ron Parnell also uses this model as his signature softball bat during big games. Due to the construction of this Hyper Z, this softball bat does NOT come with a warranty. With that in mind, step up your game and pick up one of these Louisville Slugger slow pitch 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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