Soon Hillerich & Bradsby were manufacturing bats for the biggest stars in the game, and by the mid-1920s, legends like Babe Ruth were swinging Louisville Sluggers—Ruth used a model R-43.In an effort to help you resolve your Baseball Memorabilia question the most commonly asked questions will be posted.As a result there were some attempts to alter 1958-D nickels by removing the bottom of the "8", but the remaining O is smaller than on a genuine 1950 coin.In the early days of baseball, players made their own bats, which meant they came in all shapes and sizes. Hillerich and his son, Bud, began producing Falls City Slugger bats made from hard white ash.Any grade lower will devalue the price considerably.Hillerich & Bradsby Co., Louisville Slugger, used different center brands over the years on their line of baseball bats., The different logos, and trademarks can be used to date the era your bat was made.1906 P. Goldsmith bought out Mac Gregor in 1944 and became known as "Mac Gregor Goldsmith" Finally, in 1952 the Goldsmith name was dropped entirely and the company was simply called Mac Gregor.
By identifying the center label, trade marks, and patens you can narrow down the year to what era the bat was made. They introduced the "Powerized and Bone Rubbed" logo for the 1932 season and in 19 you will see it stamped "Powerized and Oil Tempered" which usually is a very light heat foil type print.
The question I'm asked most about bats is, "How can you tell a 'real' bat from a store bat?
" What I hope to do in this section is explain the traits of professional model bats and provide information that can help date those bats to particular eras.
Early bats with Wagner or Cobb engravings are popular items among collectors today.
Frank Bradsby, a salesman, signed on to partner with Hillerich in 1911, although the bats were not branded as Hillerich & Bradsby until 1916.