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Louisville Slugger Museum A Must For Reds Fans

Updated on August 16, 2012

Louisville Slugger Museum

The Big Bat in Front of the Louisville Slugger Museum is Real Big
The Big Bat in Front of the Louisville Slugger Museum is Real Big
The Louisville Slugger Museum Homage to the Big Red Machine Features Bats From the MVP Seasons of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and Joe Morgan
The Louisville Slugger Museum Homage to the Big Red Machine Features Bats From the MVP Seasons of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and Joe Morgan
The Black Beauty of Reds MVP Joey Votto is Displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum
The Black Beauty of Reds MVP Joey Votto is Displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum

Louisville Slugger Museum A Must For Reds Fans

by Robb Hoff

August 16, 2102

The Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is a must for any baseball fan but even more so for Reds fans thanks to displays that feature tributes to the Big Red Machine greats Johnny Bench, Pete Rose and Joe Morgan, as well as current Reds great Joey Votto and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson.

The museum itself is a fascinating glimpse into the role that Hillerich & Bradsby bats including the Louisville Slugger brand have played in the history of the game. The displays are varied and worth the trip if you ever venture to downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Among the most notable bats is one actually used by Joe DiMaggio during his record 56-game hit streak.

With the price of admission, the museum also offers a tour of the actual bat factory that the museum was built around. The guided tour features examples of the lathe work involved in the production of major league bats as well as other production processes, where you might see a rack of Mike Baxter bats across the aisle from another rack of signed-branded bats by Reds great Joey Votto awaiting their black lacquer finish.

You'll also get to handle some of the bats that aren't destined for delivery like x-outs made for Votto, Adam Dunn and Matt Holliday among others, and when the tour is over you'll get your own miniature bat to mark a fitting conclusion to this unique museum experience.

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