First Louisville Slugger Bat

First Louisville Slugger Bat (HM1YD0)

Location: Louisville, KY 40202 Jefferson County
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N 38° 15.317', W 85° 45.108'

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First Louisville Slugger Bat

Site of J.F. Hillerich carpentry shop, 1875-1901. In 1894, J.F.'s son, J.A. "Bud" Hillerich, attended a Louisville Eclipse major league baseball game. After star player Pete Browning broke his bat, Hillerich offered to make a new one. Browning got three hits the next day and soon his teammates wanted to order Hillerich Bats.
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Hillerich grew the bat business, trademarking "Louisville Slugger" in 1894. Name changed from J.F. Hillerich & Son to Hillerich & Bradsby Co. in 1916. They excelled at bat making and marketing, becoming a worldwide icon. H&B eventually moved to 8th and Main Streets with pro bat factory tours and a baseball.
Sponsored by Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
Kentucky Historical Society · Kentucky Department of Highways
HM NumberHM1YD0
Year Placed2016
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways
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Date Added Friday, May 19th, 2017 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 609209 N 4234876
Decimal Degrees38.25528333, -85.75180000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 15.317', W 85° 45.108'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 15' 19.02" N, 85° 45' 6.48" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)502
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 120 S 1st St, Louisville KY 40202, US
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