Some Louisville Slugger Love

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.

Louisville-slugger-logoH&B will continue to manufacture all Louisville Slugger-branded wood bats, so, I don’t suppose things will change too much.  Still the news stirred some long ago memories.

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

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Roman Reigns

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.”

And…

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 bandsTrouble Brewing … 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.

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Curves Preferred, Thank You

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Hook ‘Em Horns

A Design & Trend story brought to light a study from University of Texas researchers. According to this think tank, they have discovered that men express a preference for women who have a pronounced back-to-buttock curve.

Ripley’s, I’m telling you.

One hundred men were asked to rank the attractiveness of images featuring various females of different body forms.  And the results came back with the astonishing news that males have a preference for women with a back-to-buttock curvature of 45.5 degrees.

Well, duh!

Researchers described said preference as the “theoretically optimal angle of lumbar curvature.”

Great to know that mystery is solved.

Whatever Happened to Nicknames

What in the world has happened to nicknames?

Golden’s State’s “Splash Brothers” is a cool nickname for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.  Hearing their nickname prompted me to think about the lack of nicknames these days.

I remember all the cool nicknames the black kids had once the Tampa schools were finally integrated.  There was Skeets, Sleepy, Sammie Duke, Pokey, Baby Moose, Double Ugly, Meat, Junior, Iceberg Slim, and the list could go on and on.

Back in the old days of sports, nicknames were out there all the time.  Babe Ruth alone had “The Bambino” or “The Sultan of Swat” among others.  Ted Williams was known as “The Splendid Splinter” and “Teddy Ballgame.”  Ty Cobb, “The Georgia Peach,”  Walter Johnson, “The Big Train,” etc.

I once tried to turn Carl Crawford into “Three Dog” for his penchant for hitting triples.  Using that nickname in several of my stories, I thought the moniker might catch on Crawford.  It did not.

Wonder why the nickname has disappeared? Any thoughts?

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