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A Tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum

As an ‘American’, who doesn’t love to attend a baseball game? I mean after all it is America’s favorite sport! In addition, as a Southerner growing up in a state like Arkansas that does not have a single professional team in one of the major sports, I always turned to our sister states for my pro sport teaams! There is one that stands out from all the rest and that is the St. Louis Cardinals in major league baseball.

I will save the “as a small child stories”, but I will tell you that watching the Cardinals play was a family affair and still is.

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When you think about baseball probably some negative and positive things come up but do you ever think about the bats that they use?  Where are they made? How do they make them?  If you have asked yourself these questions or are an avid baseball fan you should check out the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum.

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Parking and Admission

Parking is fairly easy to find throughout downtown Louisville! We parked by the riverfront and walked straight up to the factory and museum which was straight ahead on Museum Row. Trust me when I say you can’t miss it, all you have to do is look for the massive baseball bat that towers above many of the buildings in the Louisville skyline.

Tickets are $12 dollars for adults which was reasonably priced considering that you are actually able to walk through a working factory. During the Summer, ‘twilight tickets’ are available after 6:00PM until 8:00PM for $6 so it may be beneficial to visit at this time for the discounted rate if your schedule allows this.

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The Louisville Slugger Museum

Once you enter the Museum there are interactive exhibits before you enter the actual tour. It is a very informative and impressive collection if you have been a baseball fan for decades, and will certainly bring back some cherished memories of some of the legends that have played this game.

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I don’t want to spoil anything in the tour but just to give you a small insight into what to expect, there is an iconic “Babe” bat on display that was pretty cool to see.

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Not to give all the attention to men’s baseball but there are interesting artifacts for the women as well.

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Louisville Slugger Factory Tour

Probably the coolest aspect of visiting this museum is being able to set foot on the working factory floor which even today churns out thousands of baseball bats on a daily basis. Whether you are interested in seeing the modern day lathes in action, or a historic summary of our they were once hand-carved, there is something in this short 30 minute tour for everyone.

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Unfortunately there are 3 rules when you enter the tour that you need to be aware of.

  • Since this is a working factoring everyone must stay between the yellow lines
  • No touching of any of the equipment and bats that are out
  • *The bummer of them all* NO PHOTOGRAPHY**

The tour began by showing how bats were carved, then to modern day carving then how the “Louisville Slugger” logo is burned onto the bat and finally ending with the color and finalization of the bats. They also showed a short film at each station as well as gave us all free souvenir mini bats.

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The museum was a very rare and cool experience that we actually were able to walk around a working factory that was currently making bats for Derek Jeter and his last year with the New York Yankees.

I always think that when someone says ‘factory’ that means an international supplier, but it is a pleasant surprise that the USA is still hand (machine) making quite a lot of product that is used today.

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The Big Bat

After leaving the museum and factory, you can spend some time checking out the souvenir store where you can get your very own customized Slugger replica bat.

However, I think the highlight is spending some time when you leave the Louisville Slugger Museum to check out The Big Bat that is actually an exact replica of the bat that “Babe” Ruth requested in the early 1920s. Standing at 120ft tall and weighing over 60,000 pounds, this is an iconic piece of Louisville history that is well worth the visit alone.

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If you are traveling anywhere in the state of or close proximity to Kentucky, I would highly recommend stopping by Louisville and checking out the famous Louisville Slugger Factory and Museum. It is certainly well worth the visit and to check off the Big Bat from your bucket list!

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Thursday 1st of June 2017

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McKenzie

Tuesday 10th of January 2017

Sounds like such a fun day! Wish I could see photos from the factory as well! Thank you for sharing.

Heather

Friday 15th of August 2014

I toured this place years ago on a business trip to Louisville, and I found it super interesting. I even had a bat made for my boyfriend (now husband) with his name and his favorite team's name engraved!

Mary {The World Is A Book}

Friday 15th of August 2014

I'm not much of a baseball fan (I know, a travesty to some people) but this looks like such a fun museum to visit. My husband and son would love to explore this. I like how you got to do the working factory tour. What an experience to see how they make those bats and with a free souvenir as a bonus.

Jenna

Wednesday 13th of August 2014

We always love baseball--I think we would really enjoy this museum--it looks like fun! I really enjoy seeing how things are made too, but I wouldn't have thought to check out a baseball bat museum. Great find!

Chris

Thursday 14th of August 2014

Our trip to Louisville was primarily for the PGA Championship golf that was there this past weekend but anytime you visit here you have to check out the Slugger museum, or at least that's what everyone told us! And honestly we don't regret it at all because it is really cool to see how they make the baseball bats, the most interesting is just how technology has shifted from manual labor to the automated process we see there now. But that's just a perfect example of how technology has shifted the way life operates!