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LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® DOMINATES ALL-STAR® AND FUTURES GAMES AGAIN

PHOENIX, AZ – (July 15, 2011) Louisville Slugger® once again dominated baseball’s Midsummer Classic, just as it has for every Major League Baseball® All-Star Game ever played.  And the company that makes The Official Bat of Major League Baseball also outdistanced its closest competitor in the Futures Game.

The vast majority of players, 19 in all, went to the plate with a Louisville Slugger bat in the All-Star Game.  That’s more than three times the number of players swinging bats made by any competitor.  And twelve players swung Louisville Slugger bats in the Futures Game, four times the closest competitor.

"The All-Star Game and Futures Game are showcase events for baseball," said Louisville Slugger Manager of Professional Baseball Chuck Schupp. "Equipment manufacturers battle for on-field product exposure.  Once again Louisville Slugger dominated at the plate in both games."

Professional baseball players, the guys at the top of the game, know they can count on Louisville Slugger for the best timber, customer service and on-time delivery of bats when they need them.

Louisville Slugger has been in the game for nearly as long as there’s been a game: 127 years.  Eighty percent of the hitters in Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown were under contract with Louisville Slugger.

"We’ve been making bats for the best players in professional baseball since 1884," Schupp said.  "There’s a common thread, a respect for the history of the game for players who swing Louisville Slugger bats.  They are linked to the greatest of all time: Ruth, DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Musial, Mantle, Clemente and Aaron to name just a few.  And while some of today’s players swing models similar to ones used by those Hall of Famers, many are swinging brand new models we created just for them."
Louisville Slugger was the first bat company to craft models to the exact specifications of professional players, a 127-year-old tradition that continues today.  And the company was the first to brand player’s names and signatures on their bats.

"No two MLB players are exactly alike when it comes to their bats," said Schupp, a 30-year veteran of working on the field with MLB players.  "We provide them exactly what they want and need to be able to do their jobs, and we have more access to top-grade timber than all other bat companies combined.  Players know they are getting great wood from Louisville Slugger."

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.

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