The Original Louisville Slugger

Have you ever wondered how the Louisville Slugger baseball bat got its name? It is the nickname of famous 19th-century hitter and Louisville native Pete Browning. Browning played for the Louisville Eclipse and Colonels baseball clubs and is considered one of his day’s best batters. He is also known for beginning the practice of players having custom made bats.

Browning was born in 1861 as the youngest of eight children. When his father was killed in a cyclone when he was 13, Browning cared for his mother and resided in the family home until he died. He began his baseball…