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“No question . . . it's the greatest game there is!” - Ted Williams


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

Hillerich & Bradsby Co. does not appraise or authenticate bats, but we know a few people who do!

We recommend you contact the Official Auction Company of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory:
Hunt Auctions

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!

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 bat “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, of all sizes. 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.

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.

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