The Louisville Slugger Museum: You’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the 120 foot tall baseball bat leaning against the building.
The first Louisville Slugger bat was created in 1884 by a 17 year old kid named Bud Hillerich. Legend has it that he created it for Pete Browning, star of the Louisville Eclipse. Browning had been in a batting slump and then broken his own bat during a game Bud attended. With advice from Browning, Bud hand-crafted the bat from a single slab of wood. The next day, Browning broke his slump with three hits and the very first Louisville Slugger.
In the 130 years since, the finely crafted pieces of smooth white ash have become famous the world over. Baseball’s biggest stars have used Louisville Sluggers and many players, professional or amateur, will accept no other.