Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Trip Start May 27, 2009
Trip End Sep 19, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Kentucky
Monday, July 27, 2009

The majority of bats are made from mountain white ash and maple trees obtained along the NY and PA border. Each year about 1.2 million bats are produced. Approximately 10% of them are major league bats; the remainder are used for minor league, little league, and recreational bats, as well as for mini bats. They also make the aluminum bats that are used by college baseball and other organizations. The aluminum bat, however, is manufactured in CA, not KY.

It took about 30 minutes to make a bat with the old hand lathe versus 30 seconds today with an automated process. The average bat today weighs 30-32 ounces. Many professional players' bats are custom made and their contract autograph appears on the bat. You'll see Dustin Pedroia and Big Papi's custom order bats and signature on several photos uploaded.
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