The evolution of the baseball bat is an interesting one…While today we see our favorite baseball players swinging beautiful custom-made baseball bats worth a couple hundred dollars, the pros of yesteryear had to make their own baseball bats from wood and good old fashioned trial and error. But what exactly are baseball bats made from today? Check out this brief history and information on baseball bat materials below.
Wooden Baseball Bats
In the 1850s, baseball was still a relatively young sport and players actually made their bats themselves. This meant that players experimented with a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials, but wood (ash and maple to be specific) was the most popular choice. The infamous Louisville Slugger ultimately changed the world of baseball when it was created in 1884 and by 1923 it was the country’s top manufacturer of baseball bats.
The world of baseball saw an increase in regulations following the incarnation of the Louisville Slugger. Bats could no longer be flat at the end and they were all required to be increased by a quarter of an inch in diameter.
While the wooden baseball bat remained popular throughout most of the 19th century, aluminum bats eventually became the norm. And although the first metal bat was made in 1924, they were not seen in baseball until the 1970s. This skyrocketed the popularity of aluminum bats, with big name brands like Louisville Slugger, Easton, and Worth all introducing titanium bats in the late 1990s.
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