Hillerich & Bradsby sold Louisville Slugger to Wilson Sporting Goods this week.
The iconic bat maker has produced over 100 million bats since John A. Hillerich first brought the original stick to life in his father’s woodworking shop in 1884. Eighty-percent of the hitters in the Hall of Fame used Louisville Sluggers during their playing careers.
Nobody used anything other than a Louisville Slugger when I was growing up; aluminum bats had not yet come onto the scene. Don’t I sound like the guy who used a slide ruler instead of a calculator?
We were all intimately familiar with the various lengths, shapes and weights of the different Louisville Sluggers, each one bearing a certain player’s signature on the barrel. A Jackie Robinson model had a thick handle as did the one signed by Nellie Fox, though not as thick. Manny Sanguillen’s had a smooth knob. And my all-time favorite, Willie McCovey’s “Mac 44,” had a huge barrel.
Boy did I rake with a Louisville Slugger in hand. The times I did not connect don’t really register. Imagine that.
Roman Reigns Rules
Saw former Georgia Tech defensive lineman Joe Anoaʻi on ESPN Tuesday. You might know him better by his professional wrestling name, Roman Reigns. During the segment, highlights were shown of him from Tech’s 23-14 win over Auburn in 2005. I especially enjoyed those since I attended that game at Auburn. Afterward, the silence in the SEC cathedral roared.
Roman Reigns will square off with Brock Lesner on Sunday for some kind of title that would make him the king of the wrestling world. Hopefully he wins, because it’s all real. Anyway, the funniest part of the segment came when he watched a film of Snoop Dog posing in the ring with Hulk Hogan. Asked what he thought of Snoop Dog’s build, Roman Reigns replied: “Looks like he does a lot of cardio.”
I’m sure you are just as devastated as me to learn that Zayn Malik is no longer a member of One Direction. Man, I was hoping it was just a rumor! Such is the nature of boy bands … I’m amused that the Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered “Evelyn.” The show will feature Evelyn Lozada, the former wife of Chad Ochocinco and the current fiance of former Ray, Carl Crawford. The couple just had a son, Carl Leo Jr. This one will be worth watching if C.C. is invested in the show. He’s remains an all-time favorite and one of the true characters I’ve been around. … If you want to ready a witty novel and you also love microbrews, pick up Paul Abercrombie’s Trouble Brewing. I’m still laughing.