Approximate -3 Length to Weight Ratio
Black Matte Barrel With Unfinished Handle
Bone Rubbed to Close Pores and Make Wood Harder
Made In the U.S.A.
Series 7 Select Maple
Slightly End Loaded Swing Weight
Turning Model: I13
Blue Lizard Skin Bat Grip
The Louisville Slugger Select models are created with Series 7 wood. This wood is cut from the top 15% of wood that is harvested by Louisville Slugger and passes their quality standard testing. All Select models will come bone rubbed to compress the grains for maximum hardness. Additionally, the cupped end on the Select models guarantees a dense piece of wood while improving the balance for ultimate control. This 2017 Select model features the I13 turning model. The I13 is considered to be Louisville Slugger's most popular big barrel bat. The thick transition from the large barrel to the standard handle results in a slightly end loaded swing weight that is preferred by power hitters who are swinging for the fence. The big barrel and slight end load help maximize mass through the hitting zone for the utmost power. The 2017 Louisville Slugger Select I13 Series 7 Maple Wood Baseball Bat w/ Lizard Skin Grip: WTLW7MI13A16 Adult comes with a matte black barrel, an unfinished handle, and a blue Lizard Skins bat grip for enhanced comfort and reduced vibration. Louisville Slugger: It's In Your Hands! Get your Series 7 Select I13 today with fast, 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.
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