Where Baseball Bats are Born – Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum 

Not but 12 hours after hoisting Larry Bird’s 85/86 MVP trophy over my head I was swinging Yankee legend Mickey Mantle’s game used bat. By this point in my trip the sports fan in me was screaming “stop while you’re ahead!” How did I get to put my gloves on such a prestigious piece of sports history? By visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Where Baseball Bats are Born

After our tour of French Lick we made the short drive southeast to Louisville Kentucky to find out where baseball bats come from. My first impression of visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory was that it is super small and super simple. Most major manufacturers these days run massive factories with high-tech gear in sterile rooms. Not the case in Louisville.  This 120 year+ company is run by real people and therefore seems like a start up company looking to make a difference, not the biggest name in baseball bat manufacturing. This I liked. We took a short guided tour through the facility and got a look into just how simple the process is. It’s not only interesting from a baseball fans perspective but also from someone who could care less about the game. Erin and her mother, who couldn’t tell a Pujols from a hole in the ground, found the factory fascinating.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory – Tour of the floor

History in Wood

Attached to the factory you will find the Louisville slugger Museum. This interactive area includes memorabilia from baseball’s biggest stars. Included in this treasure trove is Hank Aaron’s game used bats and a massive stick from Babe Ruth’s 1927 record setting season where he hit 60 home runs. This historic bat is distinguished by the notches carved in it by the Big Guy himself. Like a prisoner counting days in a jail cell, these tick’s represented every homer he hit that season.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Inside the visiting the Louisville Slugger factory and museum

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh, and there is Selection of game used bats for visitors to (carefully) swing. I chose Mantles above others and held it in awe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

IMG_9184

After chatting up the attendant he asked if I would like to swing Babe Ruth’s bat. “You’re shitting me right?” actually came out of my mouth. Of course he was joking and handed me an oversized novelty bat. Still, after being handed trophy after trophy in French lick part of me thought he was going to crack open the The Great Bambino’s case.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Visiting the Louisville Slugger Factory and calling my shots

Babe’s bat or not, visiting the Louisville slugger factory and museum is worth a visit – even if you aren’t a baseball fan. If you have trouble finding the place, just look for the world’s largest baseball bat proudly on display at the front door!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Visiting the Louisville slugger factory – Pretty Hard to Miss

 


More from Shaun Robertson

Happy Easter

You know between my mom and Jon's mom I have yet to...
Read More
  • Aaron Kolle

    Babe!!!

  • Alison Polard

    Fun! I never knew this existed! I will need to stop in on my next trip through Kentucky!

  • TJ Ash

    I visited the Louisville Slugger Museum in 2008 and was really surprised at the size of the factory as well. It’s pretty impressive the quaintity and quality they get out of that space!

    • Me too TJ! It really is a great story how they have kept it in the family all these years!

  • Shannon Siders

    Hi Shaun! Thanks so much for paying us a visit, we are so glad you enjoyed your time at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory! Safe travels. – Shannon Siders, Marketing Communication Associate

    • Thanks for having me Shannon! Well put together museum and highly recommend!

  • Rob Danza

    I held Mantle’s game used bat as well. Going to the Slugger museum was high on my list and went a couple years back. Great time and great city!

  • Pingback: TLIT's to Go - GPSmyCity Travel Article App Review & Giveaway!()