Since 1884, The Hillerich & Bradsby Company has been the undeniable bat maker of choice for baseball players the world over. From big-leaguers to tee ball, their world renowned bat, the Louisville Slugger, has been crushing home runs since the days of Pete Browning and Honus Wagner.
Manufactured and sold out of a factory in Louisville since the late 1800′s, the museum and factory is the perfect inside look into the history and making of this national treasure and a must-see for any baseball enthusiast.
Admission (for players and coaches) are part of your tournament package, no extra fee! (family members will be able to purchase admission to the factory at a discounted rate).
Standing at a mammoth 120 feet tall and weighing in at some 68,000 pounds, the World’s Biggest Bat greets visitors as they make their way into the factory/museum. This exact-scale replica of Babe Ruth’s 34-inch Louisville Slugger forged of American-made steel, gives visitors the perfect place to pose with a legend.
Catch all the action in the giant 17 ton baseball glove. Made from Kentucky limestone over 400 million years old, it’s a kid favorite to explore whether they’re climbing, crawling or sliding. The glove sculpture is known simply as “Play Ball”.
Pick up a replica bat of legends like Babe Ruth or Ted Williams and give them a whirl in Bud’s Batting Cage. You can also swing bats of today’s superstars or test out the latest Louisville Slugger innovations including TPX baseball bats.
Visitors to the Grand Slam Gallery will learn how the very first Louisville Slugger Bat was made right here in Louisville back in 1884. Babe Ruth’s historic slugger bat that he carved 60 notches in for every home run he hit during his record-setting 1927 season is here on display. Hold bats that were actually used by some of baseball’s greatest including Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken Jr., David Ortiz, and Johnny Bench.
The perfect spot for memorabilia and history buffs to get lost for hours searching for some of the game’s greatest treasures. You’ll find Joe DiMaggio’s bat from his 56-game hitting streak gracing you with its presence. Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., and Derek Jeter are here, immortalized, as amazing life-like sculptures. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to have a 90-mph fastball bearing down on you, you’ll get your chance as Cole Hamels delivers some high heat.