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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® PARTNERS WITH BIGTIMEBATS.COM TO HONOR THE GREATEST™, MUHAMMED ALI

(LOUISVILLE, KY – August 31 2011)  Some of sports’ greatest have come from this lively city on the banks of the Ohio River.  Now one Louisville legend is honoring another as The Greatest – Muhammad Ali – and his unsurpassed achievements in boxing and humanity are noted on a very special limited-edition and numbered collectible bat from Louisville Slugger®.

“Two great sluggers from Louisville are united with the Muhammad Ali Louisville Slugger bat,” said John Obie of BigTimeBats.com which licensed with Muhammad Ali Enterprises to produce the bat with Louisville Slugger.  “Ali fans worldwide will want this unique collectors’ item.”

The bat is a 34-inch natural-finish Louisville Slugger bat engraved with an array of highlights from the three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali’s life and career.

“The bat is engraved with Ali’s signature and recognizes him as The Greatest,” Obie said.  “It also has his famous ‘Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,’ quotation along with information about his birth in Louisville as Cassius Marcellus Clay and his evolution to become Muhammad Ali.”

This beautifully engraved bat also notes Ali’s achievements as an amateur boxer, National Golden Gloves Champion, AAU National Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist.  His induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and lighting of the Olympic torch at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic games are included as well.

Muhammed Ali Bat

Ali’s recognition as Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Century, BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century and GQ’s Athlete of the Century are all captured on this gorgeous bat. 

Perhaps most important, Ali the humanitarian is noted on this special Louisville Slugger bat, with recognition of his United Nations Messenger of Peace Award along with his Presidential Medal of Freedom and Amnesty International Lifetime Achievement Award. 

This very special collectible Muhammad Ali – The Greatest – Louisville Slugger bat is available exclusively at www.BigTimeBats.com for just $99.95 plus shipping.  Only 10,000 have been made, and each is numbered.

“Now that we’ve announced these unique and exclusive Muhammad Ali Louisville Slugger bats, we expect them to go fast,” Obie said.  ‘It’s not too early to be thinking about the holidays, and this bat would make a great gift for an Ali fan.”

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, Dustin Pedroia, Jim Thome, David Wright and Joey Votto.  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 players.  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.

About Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC: 
Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC (“MAE”) is a California limited liability company. MAE is aggressively involved in a worldwide licensing and merchandising program, television, film, video and Internet projects. For more information on MAE, visit www.Ali.com.  MAE is a subsidiary of CKX, Inc.

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