Collectors may recall that, in 1990, the words “Louisville Slugger” did not appear below the player’s name, because of this rule.
One word of caution, large Louisville logo Rickey Henderson and Bo Jackson bats were made available for sale to the public and should not be confused with 1989 World Series and All Star bats.
In 1974, H&B specially branded some World Series bats with a very large centerbrand and “Powerized” logo, to be more visible on television.Starting in 1976, World Series bats were made in a standard model number and length.For instance, every 1976 World Series bat was made in a 34-inch length.While the model and length may vary each year, from 1976 to 1988, World Series bats were “generically” made and shipped to the team for the fall classic.H&B resumed making specific game model bats for each player in 1989, even though the bats were not branded with a reference to the World Series.
Instead, 1989 World Series bats (as well as 1989 All Star bats) were stamped with a large “Louisville” on the back of the barrel.
This logo was very visible to television viewers and as it turns out baseball offi cials.
As a result, bat-makers were banned from having any trademarks appear at the barrel end of bats made for Major League play.
For almost 80 years, the Hillerich & Bradsby Company (H&B), maker of the famed Louisville Slugger, has been making World Series bats for use by players of Major League Baseball’s most coveted sporting event.
At the beginning of each year, hand selected top quality wood is set aside for making these very special post-season bats.
H&B’s shipping records indicate that World Series bats were shipped to players as early as 1927, and while quantity was usually not stated in pre-1930 records, it is believed that each position player received two bats for their use in the World Series.