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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-16-2015

Pittsburgh Press, July 16, 1915:

George Perring of the Kansas City Feds has a bat that he cherishes almost above all other earthly possessions…Perring’s father, George Perring, Sr., was a ball player of note in his day and when the old Ohio State penitentiary was dismantled some 30 years ago he procured a stout hickory joint from the prison scaffold on which many an Ohio criminal had gone to his doom.

The elder Perring had the piece turned to suit his desires and used the bat for 20 years. The son fell heir to it, and has been using the club for seven years…The timber from which the hangman’s rope dangled has been punishing baseball pitchers for 30 years.

Well, that’s certainly creepy as heck.

Commissioner Gordon Shumway (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2015 at 09:56 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, creepy things, dugout, history

Monday, March 23, 2015

Wilson buys Louisville Slugger for $70 million

The parent company of Wilson Sporting Goods has acquired Louisville Slugger for a reported $70 million in cash. The deal is expected to close by this summer, according to a report early Monday

Executives for both companies are due to discuss the sale at a news briefing for 11:30 a.m. Monday at Hillerich & Bradsby Co.‘s headquarters on Main Street.

The 120-year-old batmaker is best known for making Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Its Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory on Main Street in downtown Louisville has also become a bustling tourist attraction.

But the Louisville business that also makes baseball gloves, golf clubs and other sports equipment, has faced headwinds in recent years, starting with a threat to its source of ash wood for its professional and amateur wooden bats.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2015 at 12:28 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, business, louisville slugger, sporting goods

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Utah company making a style statement with bat grip tape in baseball - The Globe and Mail

I was never a fan of bat tape.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: bats, equipment

 

 

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