- 7:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory hits the road with an interactive baseball experience created for fans at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field for the upcoming White Sox series against the New York Yankees from Thursday, June 13th – Sunday, June 16th.
The interactive “Mobile Museum” is highlighted by a game-used 1933 Babe Ruth bat in addition to game-used bats from Chicago baseball legends including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Frank Thomas, Howard Baines and more. There will also be bat-making demonstrations where the museum showcases the “old-fashioned” way of making a bat by hand.
Other highlights include a White Sox LEGO helmet, free museum passes and fun family photo opportunities with the museum’s giant five-foot bat and oversized glove. There will also be Signature Rubbing Boards allowing fans to make their own souvenir rubbing from the branded signatures of the White Sox greatest players. It’s a mobile museum version of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s esteemed Signature Wall.
“We’re excited to return to Guaranteed Rate Field and meet baseball fans who share the same passion for America’s pastime as we do at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory,” said Anne Jewell, Vice President and Executive Director. “Our Mobile Museum is an interactive fan exhibit that has been custom-built for this year’s series against the Yankees. With historic items from White Sox teams both current and past as well as a game-used Babe Ruth bat, our exhibit will be a treat for all generations,” she said.
Fans attending the upcoming games will have the opportunity to win personalized bats from Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory!
1933 Game-used Babe Ruth Bat
Fans will have the rare opportunity to hold a 1933 game-used Babe Ruth bat. This bat was used by Ruth between 1933 and 1934 before being made into a training bat with the top bored out and a medal rod inserted to create a heavier bat. Due to metal rod, the weight of the bat was similar to bats Ruth would order in the 1920s.
Fans can “Hold a Piece of History”
The interactive exhibit will also allow fans the chance “Hold a Piece of History”, with the rare opportunity to actually touch and hold game-used bats from current and past Sox players including Paul Konerko, Dick Allen, Daniel Palka, Jim Thome and more. For Yankees fans, there will be a game-used Derek Jeter bat.
Making Bats the Old-Fashioned Way
Hillerich & Bradsby Co. has made Louisville Slugger bats since 1884. Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory invites fans to watch the museum’s live bat-making demonstrations as a craftsman will use a hand-turning lathe to showcase the “old-fashioned” way of making a baseball bat by hand. With wood chips flying, the demonstration is a spectacle to see and a showcase that is sure to delight crowds of all ages.
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and is home to The Big Bat, the largest baseball bat in the world, stretching 120-feet tall. Admission to the attraction includes engaging exhibits, historic memorabilia, and an award-winning tour of the world-famous baseball bat factory.
The attraction opened in 1996 and remains one of Louisville’s most popular landmark destinations. 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.
A trip to Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory makes for a great weekend getaway. Chicago is a short five drive to downtown Louisville.