The_History_Of_The_Baseball_Bat by marcusjames

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The History Of The Baseball Bat

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Baseball was a very young sport in the mid-eighteen hundreds, so batters
usually made their own bats. This led to a lot of experimentation with
the shape and size of the baseball bat. It didn’t take long for players
to learn that the best bats were those with rounded barrels. With all the
shapes and sizes being used, some rule had to be established about the
bat. In 1859, it was established that baseball bats could be no larger
than two and a half inches in diameter, though t...


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baseball, baseball bat, baseball bats, mlb


Article Body:
Baseball was a very young sport in the mid-eighteen hundreds, so batters
usually made their own bats. This led to a lot of experimentation with
the shape and size of the baseball bat. It didn’t take long for players
to learn that the best bats were those with rounded barrels. With all the
shapes and sizes being used, some rule had to be established about the
bat. In 1859, it was established that baseball bats could be no larger
than two and a half inches in diameter, though they could be any length.
After ten years, a restriction of 42 inches was put on the length of the
baseball bat, but still no regulations governing the shape.

1884: The Louisville Slugger is Born

Baseball bat’s most popular name, still to this day, is the Louisville
Slugger. Seventeen-year-old John Hillerich watched Pete Browning break
his bat at an 1884 Louisville game. John observed as Pete Browning got
frustrated, and after the game offered to make him a new bat. Pete
Browning joined John Hillerich at his father’s woodworking shop, where
Pete supervised the construction of his new bat. Browning went three for
three with his new bat. Word spread quickly, but not as quickly as the
demand did once everyone knew about these bats. It wasn’t long before
each baseball bat that John and his father constructed was slapped with
the famous Louisville Slugger trademark.

Evolution of Regulations

In the 1890s, bats could no longer be flat at the end, according to the
rules committee. They increased the diameter by a quarter of an inch as
well, making the maximum diameter two and three quarters of an inch. In
the early nineteen hundreds, one of the greatest players, Honus Wagner,
was the first player paid to have his name burned into Louisville Slugger
bats. Despite the continual evolution of the regulations regarding the
size and shape of bats, the bats of today look much like the ones of a
hundred years ago, the biggest difference being that today’s bats are
much lighter and have thinner handles.

The Rise of Aluminum

William Shroyer patented the first metal baseball bat in 1924, though
they were not seen in baseball until introduced by Worth in 1970. Worth
soon produced the first aluminum one-piece bat, and the first little
league aluminum bat. Easton introduced a much stronger bat in the late
‘70s . These skyrocketed the popularity of aluminum bats, though they
were not allowed in major league games. In 1993, both Easton and Worth
introduced titanium bats, and in 1995 Easton and Louisville Slugger
introduced the lightest grade of aluminum bats available to date.
Continuing developments include double walled bats, and scandium-aluminum
bats.

No matter what kind of baseball bat a player uses today, the sport
remains one of the world’s favorites. Not many can resist the sunny days
and cool nights in the stands, with the cracking sound, fans on their
feet, and the smell of hot dogs in the air.

								
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