Friday, July 16, 2010


July 14, 2010---Frazier International Museum is a must to see in Louisville, KY! Pictures are not allowed inside, nor would they due justice to the magnificent displays. About 1000 years of international history is covered from medival times to present. This is a joint effort between England and the USA. There are 300 pieces from Great Britain's Royal Armouries. The gun collection here is outstanding.

Another place of great interest is across the street from the Frazier building. Lots of people going to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. It was an enjoyable experience watching the bats being made.

There are 1.8 million bats made here. Many are special orders made for professional players who have contracts with the plant for their special wants,

Bud Hillerich made the first bat in 1884.

Pictures of the actual process are not allowed. But these taken in the open area give some idea of the steps.

Wood is from Northern White Ash and Maple. About 40,000 trees per year are harvested from self-seeding forests. Logs are cut in 10 to 14 foot lengths. Then cut to 40 inch bolts and bored to extract cylindrical "billets". Various lathe machines are used in the Louisville facility to create bats within 1/1000th of an inch of desired specifications.

Babe Ruth watching a ball hit out of the park.

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