Saturday, September 24, 2011


Friday, September 23 – We visited another great museum today....The Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum. What an interesting tour. Unfortunately, no pictures are allowed on the tour but they were permitted in the museum.

Check out the "Big Bat" leaning against the building. The total weight of the bat is approximately 68,000 pounds, height 120 ft. and diameter 9 ft. The bat is constructed of ASTM A36 carbon steel. The "Bud Hillerich" signature is a tribute to John A. "Bud" Hillerich, who turned the company's first bat in 1884. Called the world's largest bat and I believe it!




We started out holding bats actually used by the greats. Paul held Mickey Mantle's Model B220 used sometime between 1961 ns 1964. It measures 35" and weighs 32 ounces.


Marsha chose Johnny Bench's Model B278 bat that he used between 1980-1983. It is northern white ash 35" and weighs 32 ounces.


The factory tour takes you step by step through the production of a Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. We did find one window that we could take a picture through.


Each year 40,000 northern white ash and maple trees supply the logs for Louisville Slugger bats. Ideal trees for bats are at least 80 years old.

You can see bats used by almost every famous professional baseball player like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, and Barry Bonds. We saw bats in production for the likes of Jim Tome and Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians. Marsha went crazy!


Each year a professional player goes through approximately 100 bats at a cost between $60-$80/bat. Approximately one million bat are made per year.  During peak production times about 1500 bats are made per day at the factory in Louisville.


Babe Ruth carved a notch in this bat for every home run he hit with it in 1927. During that historic season, Ruth smashed a record 60 home runs in 154 games.


During WW II, Louisville Slugger reduced bat production and began manufacturing wooden gunstocks and tank pins for the war effort.


We stood behind a glass enclosure and watched a 90 mph ball come towards us. We actually were able to capture the ball before it reached the catcher. That thing flies in!!!


The was an awesome tour and museum. There is tons of memorabilia for those dedicated baseball fans. When you are in this area, don't miss it! We will leave you with a few fun"extremes" used by players… 

  • Edd Roush of the Cincinnati Reds used the heaviest bat, a 48 ounce piece of timber.
  • Billy Goodman, who won the batting championship in 1950 while with the Boston Red Sox, used the lightest bat.  He used a 30 ounce bat to win the batting crown.
  • Joe Morgan, former Most Valuable Player of Cincinnati Reds, also used a 30 ounce bat.
  • The longest bat in our history was used by Al Simmons, a 38” bat.  Simmons played with Philadelphia and Boston in the American League during the 1940’s.
  • The shortest bat ever ordered for regular play was a 30 ½” ordered by Willie Keeler who played with the Yankees.

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    1. Those bats work great as self defense items. Did you buy any to take with you on the road? Sounds like you had a great tour. Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. Wonderful post! Loved the photo of the 90 mph ball - good reflexes!

    3. We're not big baseball fans, but this was a very interesting museum. Thanks for a was on our Louisville "to see" list. Blessings...

    4. Great post! What an interesting tour. Thanks for posting all those pictures and some of the facts about the player's bats. I'd love to tour that factory sometime.

    5. While we aren't at all baseball fans, this was fascinating! We had no idea that a player used that many bats. Pardon us environmentalists (a role we seldom play), but that sure tears down a bunch of wonderful old trees. Do they grow them in special forests as the paper companies do? Seeing that many bats might just drive us batty!

    6. We just LOVED that tour when we were there. Enjoy the area ~ we sure did!

    7. We loved this museum when we went a couple of years ago. Of course Ed had to hold Big Poppy's bat!Still carry our little bat with us!!


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