I can’t find the last wood bat I bought. I got it for my kid six, maybe seven years ago, but he never used it in a game. The coach—you tell me why in hell six-year olds need a goddamn coach to play a goddamn game of baseball—said it was against the rules to use a wooden bat. It was a Louisville Slugger. Of course it was. I’m not sure I ever used any other brand of bat growing up. Hell, I’m not sure there was any other brand of bat back then. It was my first tool, a single piece of wood whose primal beauty was proof, years before I knew the phrase, that form must follow function. I feel its heft in my hands, see the knotted grain, smell the burn buried in its timber. Long gone. Too primitive. Too cheap. Against the rules.
Louisville Slugger's rich 120-year history began with the talented hands of 17-year-old John A. "Bud" Hillerich. Legend has it that Bud slipped away from work one afternoon in 1884 to watch Louisville's major league team. The team's star, Pete Browning, mired in a hitting slump, broke his bat. Bud invited Browning over to his father's shop to make him a new one. Browning got three hits with it the next day. A trillion hits later by diamond demigods like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the words "Louisville Slugger" are synonymous with "baseball bat."
Shipping and Returns
This specific product usually ships within 7-10 business days. Item can be returned, unused, unwashed for full refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase.
Details and Care
Baseball Bat is natural wood and full size/34" long. Iron branded into the wood is the Louisville Slugger logo. Made in USA.