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Hillerich & Bradsby VP Talked about Louisville Slugger at Kentucky Live!

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Rick Redman, VP for Corporate Communication for Hillerich & Bradsby was our guest. He talked about the history of the “Louisville Slugger” the iconic bat used by a majority of today’s major league baseball players as well as players in countless baseball, fastball and softball leagues around the country. This was part of WKU Libraries’ Kentucky Live! talk series taking place monthly at Barnes & Noble. Attending the event tonight were WKU Provost Gordon Emslie and Inerim Dean of WKU Libraries Connie Foster.
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Rick Redman

Rick Redman

Rick Redman, VP for Corporate Communication for Hillerich & Bradsby will be our guest. He’ll be talking about the history of the “Louisville Slugger” the iconic bat used by a majority of today’s major league baseball players as well as players in countless baseball, fastball and softball leagues around the country. Legend has it that the first bat was crafted by 17 year-old “Bud” Hillerich in his father’s woodworking shop in Louisville, Kentucky for Pete Browning who played for Louisville’s major league team, the Louisville Eclipse. The name “Louisville Slugger” was registered with the U.S. Patent office in 1894. Over the past 120 years the company has sold more than 100 million bats. Today the company sells everything from fielding and batting gloves to collectible bats.

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Babe’s bat

This bat belonging to the late Babe Ruth. It was notched (like an old gunslinger’s pistol). 21 of the 60 home runs that he made in 1927 were hit with this bat. It’s worth $1.5 Million!

Please join us as Rick Redman will be speaking at Barnes & Noble on 1680 Campbell Ln. on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.

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