Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
By the early 1850s, baseball players generally agreed that the best bats were barrel-shaped and made of white ash. Rather than continue to make their own, many players turned to woodworkers to make their bats. In 1884, woodworker John Andrew "Bud" Hillerich was at a baseball game when star player Pete Browning's bat broke. After the game, Hillerich invited Browning to the shop and fashioned a new bat to Browning's specifications. The next day, Browning used the bat to go three-for-three, and the "Louisville Slugger" was born. Since that time, Hillerich's company has continued to design and engineer not only baseball bats but also golf clubs.
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Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Fun Fact:In the 1840s, Alexander Cartwright of the New York Knickerbocker Club standardized many of the features of baseball. But no limits were placed on the size or shape of baseball bats. Players experimented with different kinds of wood and, through trial and error, designed their own bats to their personal preferences.