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LSMF Teams Up With International Women's Baseball Center to Promote Women in Baseball

Baseball isn’t just for guys, and the International Women’s Baseball Center plans to make that clear at their 2014 Women’s Baseball Symposium. The event, to be held at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on Saturday, Aug. 30, will feature panel sessions with prominent women in the baseball field, as well as a special autograph session.

The day will be highlighted by a special panel featuring former players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as the women’s baseball pioneers of the 1940s reach out to the women’s baseball pioneers of today to make women’s baseball heard, preserved and promoted. The panel will discuss the history of women in baseball, while encouraging local young women to get involved in the sport.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Women and girls who attend the Women’s Baseball Symposium in their team uniform for little league, baseball, softball, or any sport they play will also receive free admission to the museum that day.

“We are delighted to host this event featuring some of the women who are true trailblazers in the field of baseball,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director of LSMF. “Many baseball fans, and guests to our museum, are women, and we’d love to see more women continue to ramp up their involvement with the game.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome and introduction by the International Women’s Baseball Center in the museum’s Pee Wee Reese Gallery. University of Kentucky graduate and current Marshall University professor Dr. Kat Williams will deliver the keynote address.

A panel on the future of women’s baseball will begin in the gallery at 10:30 a.m., featuring umpire Perry Barber and University of Louisville sports administration professor Dr. Mary Hums. The International Women’s Baseball Center wants to encourage women to “Step Up To The Sport,” and embrace baseball as their own.

Following a lunch break at 11:30 a.m., the group will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. for the panel on the history of women’s baseball. The panel will feature Maybelle Blair (Peoria Redwings) and Kate Horstman (Fort Wayne Daisies and Kenosha Comets). Blair and Horstman will be joined by Kent State University professor Dr. Leslie Heaphy, who is an expert on the Negro leagues and the females that played in them.

The day will end with an autograph session in the main museum from 2:30-3:30 p.m., featuring the AAGPBL players and Barber.

Barber, a New York debutante, became fascinated with baseball after studying the sport to compete on quiz shows. Following the suggestion of her mother to become an umpire, Barber started off on a long road that included umpire school in Florida with her twin sister and lots of Little League games before finally moving up to college, Minor League games, and even Major League exhibitions during Spring Training. She faced many challenges throughout her journey, including hostility from fellow umpires, players, coaches, and fans. Despite the rough times, she went on to enjoy a decades-long career as an umpire.

The museum will also feature a special display with bats signed by A League of Their Own director Penny Marshall and star Geena Davis, as well as a bat signed by the all-female Colorado Silver Bullets who played professionally from 1994-1997.

An itinerary for the day is:

  • 10 a.m. – Welcome, introduction, keynote speaker
  • 10:30 a.m. – Panel on the future of women in baseball
  • 11:30 a.m. – Break for lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel on the history of women’s baseball
  • 2:30 p.m. – Autograph session in the main museum

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has an exciting lineup to round out 2014, including “A Century of Supporting the Troops,” a special exhibition celebrating the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. Through archived photographs, costumed character performances, and fascinating artifacts – some never before displayed in public – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory shares this patriotic journey through history. Back by popular demand, visitors can see 75 years of art and artifacts from Coca-Cola’s special collection as part of the museum’s Christmas exhibition from November 15, 2014, through January 4, 2015. 

LSMF Hits the Road August 18-24

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory hits the road next week with our mobile museum, making stops at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and Miller Park in Milwaukee. We will be in Chicago’s south side as the White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles from Monday, August 18 – Wednesday August 20, followed by a three-day stint in Milwaukee as the Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24.

Fans at both locations can take advantage of our interactive exhibit by:

·         Holding/viewing authentic, game-used bats from legendary players

·         Watching live bat-making demonstrations

·         Taking fun photos with our oversized bat and glove

·         Signing up for free passes to the museum

·         Entering a drawing for a free personalized bat

 

Louisville Slugger bats featured in Chicago will include:

·         Dick Allen P89 model game-used bat

·         Harold Baines B345 model game-used bat

·         Robin Ventura T141 model game-used bat

·         Paul Konerko C271 model game-used bat

·         Cal Ripken, Jr. P72 model game-used bat

·         “Shoeless” Joe Jackson J13 model replica bat

·         “Shoeless” Joe Jackson J13 model game-used bat (display only)

For the first time ever, we will also be bringing our Rock-n-Roll bats, signed by The Who, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Motley Crue to Chicago. Our special exhibit will be located near the scoreboard gift shop on the 100 level of the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tickets to all three games in the White Sox series are available and can be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office, whitesox.com, or by calling 312.674.1000.

 

Louisville Slugger bats featured in Milwaukee will include:

·         Robin Yount P72 model game-used bat

·         Paul Molitor H176 model game-used bat

·         Geoff Jenkins J121 model game-used bat

·         Hank Aaron A99 model replica bat

·         Hank Aaron A99 model game-used bat (display only)

·         Roberto Clemente U1 model game-used bat (display only)

The display-only Hank Aaron bat was used by the slugger to hit his 700th home run on July 21, 1973, and is also signed by Aaron.

Tickets are available to all three games in the Brewers series and can be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, at brewers.com, or by calling 414.902.4000.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the road! Visit our Facebook page to keep up with our travels and to view pictures from our adventure. We are also holding weekly contests during the month of August for fans to win personalized bats. 

MROM Launches New Website

Ten of the region’s great museums and attractions located along Louisville’s West Main Street have joined forces to launch a new Museum Row on Main website www.museumrowonmain.com. The revamped site is now mobile-friendly, and features a more modern and bright design. The new look was created by Bisig Impact Group.

“Since its inception six years ago, Museum Row on Main has grown into an impactful partnership, successfully promoting and attracting visitors to Louisville’s cultural corridor along West Main Street,” says Anne Jewell, Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “This new website is designed for guests on the go, adapting to all devices with an attractive new look that better represents the energy and artistry of Museum Row on Main,” adds Jewell.

The new website features “The Main Ticket,” a discounted pass launched last year in partnership with the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau. The highly popular program allows a one-time entry to the Frazier History Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Kentucky Science Center, KentuckyShow!, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, and Muhammad Ali Center at a deeply discounted rate of $29.99 for adults and $23.99 for children. Some restrictions apply, please see website for details.

The group also recently welcomed its first new member since the marketing partnership was created in 2008 with nine founding members. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience joined Museum Row on Main earlier this year.

Museum Row on Main is a collaborative branding, marketing and promotional effort for museums in the area bordered by 5th Street to the east, 9th Street to the west, Main Street to the north and Market Street to the south.  The members are:

·         21C Museum Hotel

·         Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

·         Frazier History Museum

·         Glassworks

·         The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts
(visual art displays in the lobby)

·         Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

·         Kentucky Science Center

·         KentuckyShow! (a film at The Kentucky Center for the Arts)

·         Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

·         The Muhammad Ali Center

All members of Museum Row on Main offer $1.00 off admission to visitors who show a ticket stub from another member museum that charges admission.  (Visiting the art collections at 21C Museum Hotel and The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts are free.)  The discount does not apply to performances at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.

LSMF Remembers Tony Gwynn

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is saddened to hear the passing of Padre great Tony Gwynn. His enthusiasm and love of the game was unmatched. Gwynn also always had a tremendous appreciation for the craftsmanship of his bats. So much so, one of our finishes (black barrel, natural handle) is named in his honor.

Gwynn was the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award Recipient in 2012. He signed with Louisville Slugger on March 4, 1982, and made his Major League debut in July of that year. The two models most commonly used by Gwynn were the C253C and the B267C. He once ordered 29oz bats, but averaged bats around 30.5oz. 

Following his great career, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rest in Peace, Mr. Gwynn. You'll always be a legend in our hearts.

LSMF Set Yearly Attendance Record!

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory scored a record number of visitors in 2013 as 303,037 guests made their way through the turnstiles. This marks the fourth consecutive year at LSMF set a new attendance mark and the first time it eclipsed 300,000 visitors. The museum broke monthly attendance record in 10 of 12 months in 2013 with the immensly popular Big Leagues, Little Bricks summer exhibition as well as the return of the National FFA Convention and Expo contributing to the success. A strategic partnership with the Elizabethtown Sports Park as well as the museum's outreach to regional baseball hotbeds such as Chicago, Milwaukee and Cincinnati also drove attendance.

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