Official Bat Of Major League Baseball
Approximate 2 1/2 Inch Barrel Diameter
Approximate -3 Length To Weight Ratio
New Revolutionary EXOPRO Finish 2x Harder Than The Previous EXOARMOR
New Craftsman-Style Cup Features A Thicker Width Edge At The End Of The Barrel
New Knob Medallion
C271 Turn Model
Matte Black Finish
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
Seamless Decals Deliver A Pristine Look Without Added Stress Or Heat
Standard Handle Supplies Better Control At The Plate
30 Day Limited Warranty
Louisville Slugger Prime Special Ops C271 Maple Wood Baseball Bat
You've got a one of kind swagger stepping into the batter's box and so should your baseball bat. Louisville Slugger's Prime Special Ops C271 combines some of the brand's most popular features with a signature look that's cool, confident, and ready for action. This bat has a matte black finish and grey decals that are adhered with Louisville's proprietary Seamless Decal technology. With pro-grade quality you can see and feel, the Special Ops C271 may be the only bat you'll want to grab when your team needs a few missiles launched from the plate.
The C271 bat serves as the base model for all of Louisville's pro-level standard turning bats. This is the most popular choice among Major Leaguers and features a standard barrel and standard handle. With a max tapered knob and Louisville's most balanced swing weight, this bat offers exceptional power and speed with a familiar feel. Like all C271's, this bat is crafted from the very finest MLB-grade maple. All wood utilized for these bats undergoes a painstaking selection process by Louisville before manufacturing begins. This wood is hardened and sealed with ultra-premium EXOARMOR finish for superior contact hardness and durability over time.
Louisville Slugger backs this Prime Special Ops C271 bat with a limited 30-day warranty against any defects in workmanship or faulty materials. The brand is so confident in its premium wood and EXOARMOR finish that it also covers some types of in-game damage. These can include extreme denting on contact, splintering and shattering, and any cupping defects that could negatively affect your performance at the plate.
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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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