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Ozzie Smith to Receive 2014 Living Legend Award from LSMF

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will honor Baseball Hall of Famer and St. Louis Cardinals great, Ozzie Smith, with its 2014 Living Legend Award on Friday, November 14th. Smith will be recognized during a special ceremony that kicks-off the 11th Annual Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction.

“Ozzie Smith was such a dynamic player, and everything he does to give back makes us truly proud to have him as a part of the Louisville Slugger family,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. “The Living Legend Award was created to honor a player who exemplifies greatness both on and off the field, and Ozzie is definitely a terrific representative on both fronts.”

Nicknamed “The Wizard” for his defensive prowess, Smith began his professional career in 1977, the same year he signed with Louisville Slugger. He broke into the majors with the San Diego Padres in 1978, but spent the majority of his storied career, from 1982—1996 with the Cardinals.

A 13-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner, Smith set major league records for assists and double plays by a shortstop. He was named to 15 All-Star teams, and helped lead the Cardinals to three National League pennants and a World Series title in 1982. 

Smith collected 2,460 hits throughout his 19 seasons. He was named a 1987 Silver Slugger award winner, a year in which he had a career-high 182 hits and a .303 batting average.

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, Smith was also an inductee of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum for the inaugural 2014 class. The Cardinals retired his number immediately following his retirement in 1996.

Outside of baseball, Smith participates in many charitable endeavors to benefit children. He has spent countless hours assisting various charities in the St. Louis area, including the American Heart Association and the St. Louis Effort for Aids Dining out for Life program. Currently, Smith serves as President of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation, an organization that reaches out to inner city youth via mentoring and golf programs.

“I am deeply honored to receive the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Living Legend Award,” said Smith. “I swung Louisville Slugger throughout my career, and they were an integral part of my overall career success. To be honored in such a way, and with such other great previous recipients, means a lot to me. Louisville Slugger’s support of the Gateway PGA REACH Foundation is very much appreciated.”

One of the Louisville Slugger models used by Smith was the R161. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has produced a limited edition R161 model collector bat for this special occasion. In addition to Smith’s signature, the red bat features career facts on the back barrel. Only 100 signed bats are available. The cost is $299.99 per bat, which includes two tickets to the invitation-only Living Legend celebration. For more information or to purchase a bat, please call 502-588-7286 or email museumstore@slugger.com

Past recipients of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s Living Legend Award are: Cal Ripken, Jr. (2013), Tony Gwynn (2012), Johnny Bench (2011), Ernie Banks (2010), Hank Aaron (2009), Frank Robinson (2008) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (2007).

LSMF Opens "A Century of Supporting the Troops"

In 1914, the Belle of Louisville was born, WWI began, and Louisville Slugger launched its loyal support of US troops. As the Belle celebrates her hundredth birthday, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is proud to host A Century of Supporting the Troops, a special exhibition celebrating the Centennial Festival of Riverboats that is set to open next Saturday, October 11.

This poignant and patriotic journey through history explores 100 years of Louisville Slugger’s proud support of the US military. During World War II, as the Belle pushed oil barges for the war effort and entertained troops as a floating USO nightclub, Louisville Slugger’s own “Rosie the Riveters” assembled gunstocks and track pins for tanks on the same machinery used to make bats and golf clubs.

The exhibit will feature a WWII service banner honoring Hillerich & Bradsby employees who served in that war, including one who was killed in action. A WWI military issue Louisville Slugger bat that was recently discovered by a local woman, whose grandfather used it during The Great War, will also be on display.

Louisville Slugger continues to support the troops in many ways today, including the company’s sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. A prosthetic leg used by a member of the team will be included as part of the exhibit, along with commemorative bats and images from the past decade that highlight Louisville Slugger’s continued dedication to helping the troops.

Some of the archival photographs and artifacts in this exhibition have never before been displayed in public. Daily performances by costumed interpreters help tell the story of A Century of Supporting the Troops.

Admission to A Century of Supporting the Troops is included with the price of museum admission.  In addition to this special show, the museum also includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour.

As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour.  Tours are given seven days a week and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.

Ted William's Day Features Slugger's Daughter

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is set to host Claudia Williams, daughter of Red Sox great Ted Williams, for a special “Ted Williams Day” event on Saturday, October 11.

The highlight of the day is a special presentation by Claudia, followed by a book signing. Claudia will discuss her memoir Ted Williams, My Father, and the book will be available for purchase. Much has been written about the Splendid Splinter, but his daughter offers a personal and poignant portrait which includes sixteen pages of never-before-seen color photographs.

During an appearance on Olbermann to discuss her book, Claudia told host Keith Olbermann, “A lot of people remember [my father] just for the greatness of him as an American hero, the fact that he was a fantastic baseball player, the fact that he loved fishing, but not a lot of people know these stories I’m telling. Not a lot of people know how he felt, how he thought, and what he really wanted, but I do.”

Fans who wear their Red Sox gear will receive free admission to the museum that day, and will be eligible to win a personalized Red Sox Louisville Slugger bat. In addition, a bat actually used by Ted Williams will be removed from its display case and guests will have the opportunity to hold it.

Special Red Sox-themed bat vault tours will take place throughout the day, and Ted Williams’ personal travel flask set will be on display. This remarkable piece was used by Williams in the 1950s and a small portion of bourbon, gin, and scotch remains in each flask.

Ted Williams Day Itinerary:

  • 10am – 12pm: Claudia greets each factory tour group with a brief reading from her book
  • 1pm: Claudia’s presentation, Q & A with guests
  • 2pm – 4pm: Book signing
  • All Day:
    • Free Admission for Guests in Red Sox gear
    • Guests Can Hold a Bat Used by Ted Williams
    • Ted Williams’ Personal Travel Flask Set on Display
    • Red Sox-Themed Bat Vault Tours

“Ted Williams was arguably the greatest hitter of all time, and we are honored to welcome his daughter, Claudia, to the museum for this festive day,” said PJ Shelley, Tour and Programming Director at LSMF. “Claudia will provide visitors with an inside look at this celebrated and complex slugger.”

Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams played his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox. A two-time American League Most Valuable Player, Williams led the league in batting six times and won the Triple Crown twice. He is especially remembered for being the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season. Williams was also a great patriot, as he left baseball twice to serve his country as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot.

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 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. 

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