Lucy English, Marketing & Communications Manager
2016 will go down as one of our favorite years here at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. As the New Year approaches, check out why the past year was one for the ages, thanks to Instagram!
It’s safe to say 2016 was full of memorable celebrations! We unveiled a life-size statue of Jackie Robinson to memorialize his play on the field as well as his lasting impact on society. We reveled in the Cubs ending a 108-year drought when they were crowned World Series Champions, and we watched our city come together to honor the incredible life of The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. We also partied like it was 1996 with throwback pricing, the Macarena, and Mario Kart to commemorate our own 20th Anniversary!
You Never Know Who Will Swing By
No two days are ever the same around here, so you never know who you may run into while you’re here! Throughout the past year, we were lucky enough to have very special visitors swing by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, including SportsCenter anchors taping for College Gameday, Mr. Peanut on his 100th Birthday road trip, and our latest Living Legend, Hall of Famer, Dave Winfield!
@raising_hudson and I were very impressed with @louisvillesluggermuseum today!! They were so welcoming and respectful of us while we were working. #guidedogfoundation #gdf #americasvetdogs #wildcatservicedogs #11months #gdit #sdit #louisvilleslugger #socialization #golden ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Pictured: Serena (left) and Hudson (right) lying down at the end of the factory tour. Both are posing with mini baseball bats.
Something Out of Left Field
2016 was a year of several firsts for Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory! In March, we teamed up with Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® to open our latest temporary exhibit, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Oddball. Not only was this one-of-a-kind exhibit (going on through January 8, 2017) that features bizarre baseball treasures and classic Ripley’s a first for Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, but it was also the first time Ripley’s created a special exhibition with a baseball theme!
October brought a different kind of bat to the museum (and I’m not talking baseball bats) as we hosted our first ever Home Run Halloween! The week-long event included Creepy Cocktails with our Museum Row partners, Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, trick-or-treating in the museum and factory, and continued the theme of big things around here with the World’s Largest Vampire Stake!
School field trips, baseball and softball teams, tour companies and more; we welcomed hundreds of wonderful groups this year! We have loved providing groups of all sizes personalized tours that focus on a particular team, city or era just for each group, and we can’t wait to welcome even more groups in 2017!
We see it here each and every day, baseball connects generations. Even visitors who don’t consider themselves big fans find something here that resonates with them. Maybe it’s marveling at the sheer size of the Big Bat, or watching the woodchips fly during the behind-the-scenes factory tour. Or perhaps it’s holding a game-used bat from your favorite player, taking some cuts in the batting cages or experiencing any of our other interactive exhibits. At the end of the day, our favorite moments are the lasting memories that our guests create here at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
As this year comes to an end, we want to thank every single one of our guests for making our 20th year one of our best years yet. We can't wait to have you come see all the exciting things we have in store for 2017! Until then, follow us on Instagram (@slugger_museum), and share your favorite Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory memories with us using the hashtag, #SluggerMuseum. We’ll be sharing our favorites, and you’ll be entered to win a Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Prize Pack!