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2 5/8 Inch Barrel Diameter
-3 Length to Weight Ratio
31/32 Inch Tapered Handle
BBCOR Certified - Approved for High School & Collegiate Play
Custom Lizard Skin Grip - Enhanced Comfort With Decreased Vibration
Full Twelve (12) Month Manufacturer's Warranty
NEW SL Hyper Alloy - Offers A Stiffer Feel & Max Energy Transfer On Contact
NEW Speed Ballistic Composite (SBC) End Cap
Lowest MOI & Fastest Swing Speed In Louisville Slugger BBCOR Line
One-Piece, Alloy Construction
Balanced Swing Weight
Legal For Play In Intermediate (50-70) & Junior League Divisions Of Little League
The Solo 617 is Louisville Slugger's newest edition to the BBCOR lineup. If this bat doesn't get you excited, we don't know what will. Constructed with the brand new SL Hyper alloy, this one-piece construction delivers a stiff feel for maximum energy transfer on contact with a ball. Where this design differs from the Omaha 517 is at the end. Slugger has invented the Speed Ballistic Composite (SBC) end cap for the absolute lowest MOI and quickest swing speed in their BBCOR line. This end cap reduces excess weight towards the end of the barrel to produce the most balanced baseball bat Louisville Slugger has ever created. More control, more accuracy, and more power are all as a result of the exceptional balance the Solo 617 has to offer. To top it all off, Louisville Slugger has created a customized Lizard Skin premium performance grip that comes attached to the 31/32 inch tapered handle for extreme comfort and diminished vibration. Louisville Slugger: Own The Plate!
Louisville Slugger Solo 617 BBCOR Baseball Bat: BBSO6173 features a -3 length to weight ratio, a 2 5/8 inch barrel diameter, and the BBCOR certification making it legal for play at the high school and collegiate level. Additionally, Slugger is backing this design with a full twelve (12) month manufacturer's warranty. Make sure you step up to the plate with confidence and buy this Louisville Slugger Solo 617 with free shipping right here at JustBats.com! We're 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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