Baseball fans across the country are gearing up for this year’s Baseball World Series whether their team has made it to the postseason or not.
I’ve never been an Astro’s fan, but after what that city went through this past summer, maybe they have the drive to win it all. Time will tell.
At Silverado we love our reclaimed wood so we thought we’d share some history regarding baseball bats. Baseball wouldn’t exist without this historic piece of sports equipment.
Did you know that some wooden baseball bats have gone down as legends just as much as the players who swung them?
The legendary great home run hitter Babe Ruth started playing baseball at age seven at a school in Baltimore. After a scout discovered and signed him while he was still in school, Babe Ruth quickly became known as the most feared home run hitter in baseball.
Ruth also was known for swinging exceptionally large Hickory wood baseball bats. Early is his career Babe used a huge 54-ounce bat nicknamed the “War Club.” Comparing it to the standard modern bats that weigh 32 ounces that was quite a bat he preferred.
On the opening day of Yankee Stadium, Babe Ruth hit a home run using a 46-ounce bat. That bat was sold for $1.3 million in 2001. No matter how large the lumber he was swinging, Babe Ruth always preferred the mighty Hickory.
The infamous Louisville Slugger has an interesting story behind it.
In 1884, a teenager named Bud Hillerich worked in his father’s woodworking shop. One afternoon he went to watch the Louisville Eclipse, which was a major league baseball team at the time. It was an ordinary game, but it changed Bud’s life forever.
Pete, “The Gladiator” Browning broke his bat during the game, and Bud offered to make him a new one.
Staying up all night at the woodworking shop, Bud crafted the perfect bat for next day’s game. The Gladiator immediately got three hits with the bat and told his teammates where his bat had been made.
The Louisville Slugger was born when the woodworking shop started receiving special orders from several professional ball players. In 1894, Bud took over his father’s company and the famous Louisville Slugger was registered with the U.S. Patent Office.
Throughout the history of this iconic American sport, baseball bats have been made out of many materials, including cork, bamboo, aluminum and even paper. To this day the major leagues still only allow wood bats.
At Silverado we are so passionate about creating beautiful useful items out of wood that we have to agree that nothing can beat the quality of real wood.