Local Spotlight: Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
In today’s blog, we will spotlight another local attraction in the city of Louisville that can be found downtown, and that is the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. If you watch Major League Baseball and see players using bats that say Louisville Slugger on them, they came from this factory right in our town. The headquarters have been located at 800 West Main Street since 1996.
If you are in the area and can’t seem to find it, just look for the 120 foot tall baseball bat out front. It is 68,000 pounds. Fun fact: the bat was built at Caldwell Tanks, where my mom works, and when they were constructing it, we got to go out and write our names inside of the bat.
If you go to the museum, go ahead and take a tour. They depart every 10-30 minutes, depending on the season. You will get to see how a bat is made, from start to finish. The amount of work that goes into making just one bat is incredible. Players in the major leagues are very meticulous about their bats, so they have to be made just right. You have a chance to see how that is done. After the factory tour, you will receive a free souvenir Mini Bat!
Any fans of The Sandlot? Until September 9, there is an exhibit titled “Legends Never Die!” which celebrates the movie’s 25 year anniversary. There are some pretty awesome props on display from the movie, such as the Babe Ruth baseball that the kids try to get back from The Beast, Squints’ eyeglasses, Louisville Slugger bats swung by the team, and more.
“Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a great place to celebrate The Sandlot 25th Anniversary,” said writer-director David M. Evans. “Not only did some of the props originate from their factory, the Louisville Slugger brand evokes the same kind of fondness and nostalgia as the movie. I’m excited that hundreds of thousands of people will be able to enjoy this special show at such a fitting location,” he added.
The summer hours for the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory run through August 12. They are as follows:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
If you haven’t been out and taken a tour, I highly recommend it. Even as a baseball fan and my name inside the actual bat, it took me several years to make the trip downtown and take a tour. I suppose I took it for granted because I could go whenever I wanted to. I wish I had gone a lot sooner. It really is a cool attraction, and one of the many highlights of the city of Louisville.
Visit SluggerMuseum.com now!