Approximate -3 Length to Weight Ratio
15/16 Inch Handle
360 Degree Compression for Added Hardness
9H Rated Hardness - Highest Rating Available
Amish Veneer Maple Wood
Pro Cupped End
Ink Dot Certified
For over 125 years, Louisville Slugger wood bats have been in the hands of some of the game's biggest stars. Now, Louisville Slugger wants to bring players all over the country the same bats that they put in the hands of MLB all-stars. MLB Prime bats are turned to each player's exact specifications using the highest grade wood available. This bat features Amish Veneer Maple wood with a C271 turning model. These bats are made to be as hard as possible, with quality that can't be exceeded. That is partially due to their Amish Craftsmanship that takes from the techniques used by Amish woodworkers including cutting from square billets and hand sawing, followed by being placed in advanced vacuum drying chambers. Finally, this model is sealed with a Full Flame colorway and High Gloss finish. Swing what pros swing. Louisville Slugger: The Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Free Shipping!
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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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