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A Complete Reference Guide Louisville Slugger Professional Player Bats Paperback – 2007

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There are very few American products that provide instant recognition upon the mere mention of their names. Among them is "Louisville Slugger", a brand that has been synonymous with baseball bats for more than 120 years. For many players, one of their proudest early-career moments was seeing their name branded on a Louisville Slugger baseball bat for the first time. What started out in the mid-1880s as a crude device fashioned out of wagon tongues has become one of the most coveted items in sports today. Clearly, the baseball bat has undergone some hefty redesigns since its inception, but perhaps the biggest change to the baseball bat, and perhaps to the world of sports in general, occurred a century ago on September 1, 1905. On that date, Pittsburgh Pirate great Honus Wagner signed the first ever sports endorsement contract, thereby allowing J.F. Hillerich & Son to brand Wagner's name on baseball bats sold to the public. What follows is, I hope, a comprehensive reference guide for all collectors of professional Louisville Slugger baseball bats, revered by many as the most desirable of all baseball artifacts. Bat collecting is the closest link we have in getting to know a player's habits and style. With some bats now selling for astronomical prices, the hobby deserves no less than an organized account of the information available to collectors. This book is the culmination of more than 10 years of research, gathered from studying thousands of bats in the vaults at the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky, in the basement of the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame, and in the hobby rooms of many private collections. The result is the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of professional Louisville Slugger baseball bats ever offered to the public.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Black Diamond Publications LLC (2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0979137004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979137006
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Millard on January 8, 2014
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Incredible amount of information for anyone interested in collecting professional Louisville Slugger bats. Great historical account of the actual bats ordered and used by MLB players, with ordering information culled from Louisville Slugger company records. Lots of old photos of the players and the bats they used.
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By Elizabeth N. King on July 27, 2014
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Amazing book detailing the making of the famous bats.
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