* NEW - EXO ARMOR That Doubles Surface Hardness *
Bone Rubbed to Close Pores and Make Wood Harder
Made in the U.S.A.
MLB Approved - Pro Ink Dot Certified for Slope of Grain
MLB Grade Maple Wood
Slightly End Loaded Swing Weight
Flame Tempered With Orange Finish
Turning Model: AJ10
The 2017 Louisville Slugger MLB Prime AJ10 Flame Maple Wood Baseball Bat: WTLWPMAJ1B16 Adult is a model that was created for four-time Gold Glove Award winner Adam Jones. The AJ10 turning model features a large, long barrel giving it a slight end loaded feel for phenomenal power. Additionally, there is a gradual transition to a standard handle and a knob taper that runs perfectly into the handle for a professional feel. This AJ10 game-day model features a flame tempered finish with an orange branding. Louisville Slugger: The Hard Truth! Buy yours today with fast, free shipping!
NOTE: Professionals often customize their equipment. This consumer product may vary from the model customized by a pro for game day.
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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.
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