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The Adirondacks

By: X Bats

When Reggie Jackson, of the New York Yankees, hit three consecutive home runs in he sixth game of the 1977 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he used an Adirondack "Big Stick" bat. The Adirondack bat has an interesting history. Sometime before World War II, Edwin McLaughin set up a small sawmill and woodworking shop in Dolgeville, New York. He produced dimension stock for the woodworking industry and billets for the producers of baseball bats. In 1945 he was joined by Charles Millard and together they formed he partnership of McLaughlin and Millard. In the spring of 1946, McLaughlin and Millard began making baseball bats. They knew that they were located in an area plentiful with Northern white ash, the best quality wood for manufacturing baseball bats. In that same year, Hal Schumacher, a very good friend and former New York Giant pitcher joined the firm of McLaughin and Millard. His responsibility was managing Professional and dealer sales for the business.

In June of 1969, Evan Baker joined Adirondack as president. One of his innovations was the bat-mobile. The bat-mobile was an Airstream trailer equipped to hand turn bats at various Major League spring training camps. By providing this service, Adirondack converted many big leaguers to using the Adirondack "Big Stick". For example, in June of 1971, Joe Torre and Tony Oliva used the "Big Stick" and led their respective league in hitting.

In June of 1975, Rawlings Sporting Goods merged with Adirondack. The improvements included updating facilities and increasing the sales of baseball bats. This year, it is projected that 1 1/2 million wood bats would be produced. In order to meet this quota, production will have to be set to nearly 8,000 bats per day.



  • Ben Nevin

    Ed McLaughlin lumbered a lot of Ash logs from Greene and Dreher township in Pike and Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Northeastern PA) respectively before and after WWII. My father worked for him.

    June 19 2016 08:21 AM |
  • Carl Mayo

    Good article. I have a camp near Dolgeville, such a nice, quaint Adirondack town. I've been to the bat factory, I wish I could have bought a bat souvenir tho, maybe some day you'll sell them.

    August 19 2019 05:07 PM |
  • Elise Baker Hughes

    My dad was Evan Baker!

    January 23 2021 10:48 AM |
  • Ronald Montana

    I worked for Rawlings Adirondack purchasing Ash for ball bats and running saw mills from 1976 - 1980.
    The bats were of the highest quality from the most beautiful Ash logs that I have ever seen.

    January 22 2024 12:31 AM |