If you ever get the chance to visit the Louisville Slugger Museum don't miss it. Even if you are just driving through invest 20 minutes to the gift shop and the very front of the store [without even paying to get into the museum] because it will be well worth your time.
In the very front they have a gigantic display of all the players that have been featured on their bats since the company started. I went through the signatures and took some photos of some of my favorite players. 1942 saw my favorite player Andy Pafko featured on a Louisville Slugger and someday I hope to track down a Pafko bat for myself.
Here are a few more of my favorites: Ken Hubbs from 1959.
Brothers Henry Aaron and Tommie Arron...seven years apart.
Here are a couple favorites of my podcasting partner, Dayf, The Cardboard Junkie, Jason Heyward from 2013 and Cookie Rojas from 1959.
I was surprised that Jim Thome didn't have a personalized Louisville Slugger until 2001...and also that John Jaha ever had one!
And last but not least we have two personal favorites...one for his afro and one for his uni-brow!
Topps currently has an exhibition at the Museum and I will highlight that in a future post...but here's a little taste of what they had on display. The original JoBu!