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PHOENIX, AZ – (July 8, 2011) The 2011 MLB® All-Star Game® is the first-ever Midsummer Classic to be played in Phoenix, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
That means baseball fans everywhere will want to celebrate and commemorate this historic occasion.  They can do it with a personalized 2011 All-Star Game logo bat from Louisville Slugger®, The Official Bat of Major League Baseball®.

Louisville Slugger Personalized All-Star Game bat"Fans can put their own names on the 2011 All-Star Game logo bat, the names of their favorite baseball players, or perhaps a dad, son, daughter, brother or sister,” said Louisville Slugger Director of Premium Bat Sales Brent Falkenstein.  “They make terrific gifts and great collectors items"

Each bat is crafted in Louisville Slugger’s wood bat factory in downtown Louisville, Ky., the same place where the storied company manufactures bats for
MLB All-Stars like Derek Jeter, Asdrubal Cabrera, Joey Votto, Prince Fielder, Placido Polanco, Lance Berkman, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Howie Kendrick, and Michael Cuddyer, to name a few.  Just as these Louisville Slugger contract players get their names on their bats, fans can also get their own names added to a special 2011 MLB All-Star Game commemorative bat.

"Imagine a true baseball fan, young or old, getting this special bat with the 2011 All-Star logo and their very own name on it.  They’ll be very happy,” Falkenstein said.

The special 2011 MLB All-Star Game personalized Louisville Slugger bats will be available at MLB’s Fanfest at the Phoenix Convention Center Friday July 8 through Tuesday, July 12.  They are also available online at www.sluggergifts.com for $60 plus shipping.

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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