July 15, 2015

The Louisville Slugger Museum

If you ever get the chance to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum don't miss it. Even if you are just driving through invest 20 minutes to the gift shop and the very front of the store [without even paying to get into the museum] because it will be well worth your time. 






In the very front they have a gigantic display of all the players that have been featured on their bats since the company started. I went through the signatures and took some photos of some of my favorite players. 1942 saw my favorite player Andy Pafko featured on a Louisville Slugger and someday I hope to track down a Pafko bat for myself. 


Here are a few more of my favorites: Ken Hubbs from 1959.


Brothers Henry Aaron and Tommie Arron...seven years apart.


Here are a couple favorites of my podcasting partner, Dayf, The Cardboard Junkie,  Jason Heyward from 2013 and Cookie Rojas from 1959.



I was surprised that Jim Thome didn't have a personalized Louisville Slugger until 2001...and also that John Jaha ever had one!
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And last but not least we have two personal favorites...one for his afro and one for his uni-brow!



 Topps currently has an exhibition at the Museum and I will highlight that in a future post...but here's a little taste of what they had on display. The original JoBu!



4 comments:

The Lost Collector said...

This looks really cool. I'd love to go at some point.

Brian said...

The signature on the bat barrel happens when the player agrees to only use bats made by Louisville Slugger and nothing else - Thome used Louisville Sluggers and Worth bats for a good chunk of his career, so his game used Louisville Sluggers usually just have his name in block letters.

Did you stop by the batting cage? You can take some cuts in the cage using bats that are made to same specifications as some pretty big names. I embarrassed myself trying to swing Stan Musial's bat...

Fuji said...

That wall of wood is pretty awesome. I'd love to sit there and look for my favorite players' names.

Matt Flaten said...

Thanks for the comment Brian! That clears up that.