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Louisville Slugger named as official bat and fielding glove of Baseball Factory

LOUISVILLE, KY (November 30, 2009) – Louisville Slugger and Baseball Factory announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership.  Baseball Factory will name Louisville Slugger as the official baseball bat and fielding glove of Baseball Factory.  The multi-year agreement between the two companies comes as evidence of both Louisville Slugger and Baseball Factory’s commitment to excellence in the baseball industry.

In addition, Baseball Factory has named Louisville Slugger as a secondary sponsor of their tournament and youth divisions.  In total, Baseball Factory works with over 12,000 high school and youth baseball players each year.  These players will now have the opportunity to demo and purchase Louisville Slugger products at Baseball Factory events.

 “Louisville Slugger has been at the heart of baseball since 1884, so our company knows what it takes for players to be successful,” said Marty Archer, Louisville Slugger president. “We also know that players want high performance equipment.  Eighty percent of the hitters in the Hall of Fame were under contract with Louisville Slugger.  We’re proud to partner with Baseball Factory to help the nation’s best high school and youth players achieve their goals of playing in college and beyond.”

A legendary company, Louisville Slugger is proud of its rich heritage and tradition in baseball.  Louisville Slugger bats, first made in 1884, have been linked to so many of the greatest moments in baseball history.  This year the company is celebrating its 125th year!  Since its inception, Louisville Slugger has sold more than 100,000,000 bats, making it without question the most popular bat brand in baseball history.  Louisville Slugger continues to dominate the game in both wood and aluminum bat categories.  60% of all Major League players currently use Louisville Slugger.  And in the past decade, seven national college baseball champions hammered their way to the top with Louisville Slugger TPX bats.

Known as the nation’s leader in player development and college placement, Baseball Factory hosts over 270 events each year, helping players nationwide develop their game and ultimately working with them to find the right college fit, both athletically and academically. Over the company’s 15-year history, 30,000 players have gone on to play collegiate baseball and over 210 players have reached the major league level.  Baseball Factory acquired Team One Baseball in 2004.

“We are excited to partner with Louisville Slugger and name them as the official baseball bat and fielding glove of Baseball Factory,” said Steve Sclafani, CEO and Founder of the Baseball Factory.  “Louisville Slugger is one of, if not the most respected brand in baseball and we are thrilled to develop this partnership.  Through this relationship Baseball Factory’s players will have the opportunity to use the best bats and fielding gloves in the industry at our camps, tournaments, tryouts and showcases.”

About Louisville Slugger®
Louisville Slugger® is the Official Bat of Major League Baseball and is a name that is synonymous with America’s pastime.  Originating in 1884, Louisville Slugger bats graced the hands of the greatest players in baseball history including Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron, to name just a few.  Stars of today also swing Louisville Slugger bats including Alex Rodriguez, Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, and Jim Thome, to name a few.  Louisville Slugger also makes TPX® baseball equipment for college, high school, and youth players, as well as TPS® equipment for slow-pitch and fastpitch softball.  Louisville Slugger is a brand of the Hillerich & Bradsby Co., a fifth generation family-owned business that also owns and operates Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory and makes  PowerBilt® golf clubs, and Bionic™ Gloves for a variety of sports and hobbies.

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About Baseball Factory
Baseball Factory provides baseball players nationwide with the very best instruction, tournament competition, and college planning and guidance. From day one, Baseball Factory has understood the uncertainty of being a high school player heading to college. That is why Baseball Factory has developed programs to provide players, parents, high school coaches, college coaches, and professional scouts with year round advice and training so that they all can benefit from Baseball Factory's longstanding relationships in the baseball community. Baseball Factory has assisted over 30,000 players compete at the college level, over 2,500 players have been drafted and over 210 have gone on to play in the majors.  For further information, please visit www.baseballfactory.com.

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