Come travel with me many years back
into history and let us study "The Evolution of the Baseball Bat". I
am sure that each of us at one time or another has had the urge to skip a stone
across a lake or to pitch, catch, throw or bat some type of ball. In Europe,
Nicholas Grudich played Lupka with other boys by using a five inch round
pointed stick that was set at an angle on the ground and hit with a flat bat.
From these types of activities came groups of boys playing Rounders, Flyball,
Townball and Caddy.
was a game involving twenty to thirty boys in a field attempting to catch a
ball hit by a tosser. The tosser used a four inch flit bat with a tapered
handle so his hands could grip it firmly for control and leverage. Even though
history is sketchy at this time, I believe that it is safe to say that from
this idea came the modern day baseball bat that is used in every game to thrill
fans all over the world.
The answer to
that question is "both," though past players tend to have used
heavier bats than do today's players. Baseball's "king of swat" Babe
Ruth reportedly began his hitting career using a 54 ounce (1.5 kg) hickory
bat, and is known to have used a 40oz bat in 1927 when he hit his 60 home
runs. Ty Cobb and Joe Di Maggio both played with 42oz bats
and Rogers Hornsby used a 50oz piece of lumber. George Sisler, playing for
the St. Louis Browns in the 1920's, made his bat heavier by hammering
Victrola needles into the barrel of his bat. In the 1950's
Cincinnati Reds' Ted Kluszeski hammered tenpenny nails into his bat to make
Other great hitters including
Ted Williams, Rod Carew and Stan Musial used much lighter bats: 31-33oz. Roger
Maris used a 33oz bat to hit his 61 home runs in 1961. Many players have
tried to make their bats lighter by drilling a hole in the barrel and filling
it with cork. Detroit Tigers' Norm Cash admitted to using a corked bat in
1961 when he won the batting title with a .361 average (though he slumped to
.243 the next year with the same corked bat).
Our softball bats come in 10 different models. Per ASA
rules, all softball bats are identical from the transition through the 2
1/4" barrel. The differences are in the handle thicknesses and knob
Our Model ASA 59 and Softball 59 both have thin 7/8"
handles and would be good ones to consider. The ASA Spec model has a
straight handle all the way to the knob. The Softball 59 handle tapers to the
With the new BBCOR aluminum and composite bats mandated for high school
and professional play, players are finding that high quality professional grade
wood bats are now outperforming the BBCOR bats.
BBCOR stands for "Batted Ball Coefficient of Restitution" and it
focuses on how much of a trampoline effect the barrel of a bat has on a ball.
Bat manufacturers now have to, in effect, "deaden" the trampoline
bounce that pitched balls experience when a batter makes contact. Basically,
aluminum bats will theoretically be the same as wooden bats.
Beginning in 2012, all High School baseball bats will follow in the same
way, that is, they will all need at BBCOR stamp on each
What a player now gets for his $400. is one choice of bat shape from EVERY
different manufacturer, one handle style from EVERY different manufacturer, one
handle thickness from EVERY different manufacturer, only three length choices
and one weight choice. WOW! The monopoly is dead! Players now have a say in the
equipment that suits their size, strength and game.