"I took a Louisville slugger to both head lights" - Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood.
For 127 years, major league baseball players (mostly) have had their bats made by the Louisville Slugger Company. If you're a baseball
The bats are made of ash or maple - hard wood. They were made by hand until 1980 and it took a craftsman about 20 to 30 minutes to make one bat. Now it's computerized and takes about 30 seconds. After the bat is created, it has to be inspected, sanded and painted with regular paint or a varnish, depending on the ballplayer's preference.
There was a museum, a 15-minute film and a tour of the factory. The tour cast $10 (only $9 for seniors 60 and older - yes!) and the other stuff was freee. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed in the factory.
Above: A model shows how bats used to be hand-lathed.
Above: There was a model of Ken Griffey, Jr., using a Louisville Slugger bat. A wanna-be jumped into the photo.
Above: Outside, a young boy looks at a bat that is as big as his dreams.
Photos by MOJO and one passer-by, taken with my point-and-shoot.