From Chuck Squatriglia … Video: How a Slab Becomes a Slugger:
The name Louisville Slugger is synonymous with baseball. Name one of the greats and chances are he spent his career swinging a Slugger. Hillerich & Bradsby, the company behind the brand, has made more than 100 million bats since 17-year-old John A. “Bud” Hillerich first turned one in 1884.
The earliest bats were made by hand on lathes in about 15 minutes. Now CNC machines crank them out a wood bat in about 45 seconds, using northern ash grown in Pennsylvania and New York. Take a look inside the factory to see how it’s done.