The modern baseball bat was designed by John "Bud" Hillerich in 1884. Earlier players made their own bats of various forms, with few restrictions on the size and shape.
The 17-year-old Hillerich was watching a major league game of the Louisville Eclipse when the team's star player, Pete Browning, broke his bat. After the game, Hillerich, convinced that he could make the perfect bat for Browning, invited him to his father's woodworking shop. With Browning's guidance, Hillerich worked through the night until he handcrafted a bat to the player's liking. The next day, Browning collected three hits with the new bat, and word of Hillerich's expert craftsmanship spread quickly. Ten years later, the Louisville Slugger name was registered with the U.S. Patent Office.Learn More
The Easton XL3 baseball bat is the best bat in Easton's XL series, which is part of its Power Brigade line. Out of the bats in the XL series, the XL3 is the only bat made of THT scandium alloy.Full Answer >
The mass of a baseball is about 145 grams or approximately 5.11 ounces. According to the Major League Baseball website, an official baseball cannot weigh less than 5 ounces or more than 5.25 ounces.Full Answer >
The game that most closely resembles modern-day baseball originated in New York City. Historians note that similar games were played in Philadelphia and Massachusetts, but the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City is credited with establishing the earliest rules of the modern game in 1845.Full Answer >
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