Something new will adorn those game-used bats you'll see this season.
All bats made and used throughout the 2009 season by Louisville Slugger will contain a special logo commemorating Louisville Slugger's 125-year anniversary.
It's just the third time in Louisville Slugger's 125-year history that MLB is allowing a logo to be placed on its bats.In 1976, a special 200th anniversary of the United States logo was added to each Louisville Slugger used in the Major Leagues, and in 2006, Louisville Slugger first placed the breast cancer ribbon logo on the pink bats it created for Mother's Day.
The special logo will be placed between the center brand and the end brand that contains the player's name and model number on each Louisville Slugger bat issued throughout 2009. The logo will contain the year in which Louisville Slugger began, "1884," and the year that marks its 125th anniversary, "2009."
This year's bats will contain two "125" references. The number has been stamped inside the Louisville Slugger logo since at least 1916. It indicates that the timber the bat was made from is top grade professional baseball bat timber. Since its start in the 19th century, the company has made over 100 million bats.
"We're happy to help Louisville Slugger celebrate this historic milestone for one of the truly iconic brands in baseball," said Howard Smith, Senior Vice President, Licensing, Major League Baseball. "We think fans will also appreciate the opportunity to get a personalized bat commemorating the anniversary."
"We're honored that Major League Baseball has granted permission for this special logo to be placed on Louisville Slugger bats during the 2009 season," said Louisville Slugger's Director of Professional Baseball Chuck Schupp. "It's a tremendous tribute by Major League Baseball to our company and its unique place in baseball history."
Additionally, fans will be able to have their own personalized version of the commemorative 125th anniversary Louisville Slugger bat by ordering through Louisville Slugger or MLB.com.