Sweet spot : 125 years of baseball and the Louisville slugger

by Magee, David, 1962-

Format: Print Book 2009
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Away from the game and the players for which it was crafted, the baseball bat is a sleek but humble creation. Yet in the hands of batters both young and old who have been stepping to the plate on diamonds around the world for more than a century, the bat is a powerful tool, capable of yielding lasting memories or making legends of a lifetime. And no bat has had more impact on baseball and the players of the game than Louisville Slugger, the tool of the trade used by millions-from the major leagues to college and youth leagues. In accordance with Louisville Slugger's 125th anniversary, the complete history of the bat, its impact on the game, and the on-going story of Hillerich and Bradsby's family business is told in these pages. Blending firsthand stories from former and current major leaguers with details from more than 100 years of craftsmanship and contribution, this comprehensive history of baseball's bat and its impact on America's game is a must-have and must-read for anyone who has ever stood at the plate waiting on a pitch-or watched as a fan-hoping for a miracle.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When you think of big-league baseball bats, there's really just the Louisville Slugger. And as this informative, attractive volume makes clear, there's good reason for that. Since the late 1800s, one family-owned woodworking company has crafted the Slugger (which, despite its singular name, comes in a variety of shapes and sizes). The fascinating saga begins at the beginning, with the start of baseball; a company eventually known as Hillerich and Bradsby began making bats soon after Abner Doubleday had an idea in Cooperstown. By the time Babe Ruth was swinging, the bat was already iconic among players. Filled with fascinating black-and-white photographs, this volume is just as much a history of the sport (and a paean to the company) as it is the story of a piece of equipment. In addition, individual players, everyone from Ted Williams to Lou Brock to Ken Griffey Jr., who writes the introduction, are profiled. As for controversies over hitters' drug-aided prowess, one demure paragraph (Such peripheral issues of the game do not involve the Louisville Slugger) is all readers get. Fans will find much to enjoy here.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Baseball -- United States -- Equipment and supplies -- History.
Baseball bats -- United States -- History.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
Publisher Chicago, Ill. :Triumph Books,2009
Contributors Shirley, Philip.
Language English
Description ix, 182 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliography.
ISBN 9781600781766
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