Frequently Asked Questions

How old is my bat? How much is my bat worth?

Hillerich & Bradsby Co. does not appraise artifacts, however we know a few people who do!

We recommend you contact the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

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You might also consult your local sports memorabilia store, the Yellow Pages, or flea markets for estimates on the worth of your artifact. Good luck!

What are the Silver Bat and Silver Slugger Team Awards?

Hillerich & Bradsby Co. bestows two different sets of awards for top sluggers each year: the Silver Bat and the Silver Slugger Team. 

The Silver Bat is presented annually to the batting champions of the American and National Leagues. The award was first given to the Major League batting champs in 1949 - George Kell of the Detroit Tigers and Jackie Robinson of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Before that, the trophy was awarded to the Minor League batting champions from 1934 to 1948. At one time it was called the "Louisville Slugger Trophy".

Tony Gwynn has won eight Silver Bats, more than any other player.  He won four in a row from 1994 to 1997. Rod Carew racked-up seven Silver Bats and Wade Boggs has five. Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente, and Bill Madlock are all four-time winners.

George Brett holds the distinction of winning Silver Bats in three different decades: 1976, 1980 and 1990.

The Silver Bat is sterling plated and weighs approximately 56 ounces. It is 34 inches long, and is engraved with the player's autograph and the statistics of his winning accomplishments. An official of Hillerich & Bradsby Co. presents the award at the player's home stadium the following season.

Click here to see a complete list of Silver Bat winners.

As a natural extension of the Silver Bat award, H&B created the Silver Slugger Team in 1980. These special trophies go to the top offensive performer at each position in both leagues. The Silver Slugger Team "line-up" is decided by coaches and managers who vote for the players they'd most like to have on their team - based solely on their performance at the plate. The coaches and managers consider a combination of offensive stats for the season along with their personal impressions of a player's overall effectiveness wielding a bat. They vote for nine players within their own league and cannot vote for one of their own team members.

The sterling plated trophy is three feet tall and features the engraved names of all 18 winners in both leagues.

Click here to see a complete list of Silver Slugger team winners.

How big is The Big Bat in front of the museum?

The total weight of the bat is approximately 68,000 pounds. The hollow interior has a 30,000 gallon capacity. The bat is constructed of ASTM A36 carbon steel. The bat is 120 ft. long and 9 ft. diameter at the base; 3 ft. 6 in. diameter at the handle with a 6 ft. 6 in. diameter knob.

Whose bat model is the most popular with today's players?

Jose Cardenal, an outfielder who spent 18 seasons in the major leagues playing for nine different teams. His bat model number = C271.

What were some of the “extremes” used by players?

  • Edd Roush of the Cincinnati Reds used the heaviest bat, a 48 ounce piece of timber.

  • Billy Goodman, who won the batting championship in 1950 while with the Boston Red Sox, used the lightest bat. He used a 30 ounce bat to win the batting crown.

  • Joe Morgan, former Most Valuable Player of Cincinnati Reds, also used a 30 ounce bat.

  • The longest bat in our history was used by Al Simmons, a 38” bat. Simmons played with Philadelphia and Boston in the American League during the 1940’s.

  • The shortest bat ever ordered for regular play was a 30 ½” ordered by Willie Keeler who played with the Yankees.

Describe the bats of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

  • Ruth used a 36” and 42 ounce bat with a medium handle and medium barrel.

  • Hank Aaron used a bat similar to Babe Ruth’s except his was 35” long and weighed 33 ounces.

  • Mickey Mantle used a medium handle and a small to medium barrel, at 35” long and 32 ounces. 

  • Roger Maris used a medium barrel with a medium handle.

How are today’s bats different from those of the past?

Today’s bats are lighter.  They have larger barrels and thinner handles. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron used similar bat models but the Babe’s bat weighed 42 ounces while Aaron’s was just 33 ounces.

How many bat models does Louisville Slugger make?

Even though there are over 8,000 variations, the players today typically choose from approximately 300 popular models. 

How many bats does a pro player use in a season?

On average a player will order approximately 120 bats in a season.

Does Hillerich & Bradsby Co. own its own forests?

H&B owns about 6,500 acres of timberland in Pennsylvania and New York. The company also purchases lumber from other sources.

What type of wood is used to make Louisville Slugger baseball bats?

Approximately half of pro bats are made from northern white ash and the other half from maple. The best timber comes from parts of Pennsylvania, New York and other northeastern states where the terrain and climate are most favorable to its growth. 

In the past, hickory was also a popular wood for bats, but it is too heavy to meet the demands of today's players.

How many Louisville Slugger bats are made each year?

Approximately 1.8 million. About 3,000 full sized bats are made per day at the factory in Louisville. During our peak production time around Spring Training, the factory makes about 5,000 bats per day.

What does the “125” stand for in the Louisville Slugger logo?

The “125” refers to the grade of wood used to make the bat. 125 is the highest grade and is reserved for all pro level bats. All of the 125 lumber is sent to the Louisville factory. 

We aren't sure why that number was selected to designate the best wood for pro bats. One theory is that the best wood once cost $1.25.

How do I request a donation from your company?

Unfortunately, Hillerich & Bradsby Co. is not able to fulfill all of the many worthy donation requests we receive, but this is the process for making the request.

All requests must be in writing and can be emailed to  Requests can also be faxed to (502) 585-1179 or mailed to Hillerich & Bradsby Co., 800 West Main Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

Walk-in requests and phone call requests will not be considered.  Requests for financial support of an event must be made at least 60 days prior to the event to receive consideration.  Requests for bats or other items must be made at least 30 days in advance to receive consideration.