H&B was to begin notifying the employees on Monday.
The company's million deal with Wilson Sporting Goods involves the “brand, sales and innovation rights” to Louisville Slugger, whose bats will continue to be manufactured for Wilson at H&B's factory at Eighth and Main streets.
"Powerized" is used on higher grade bats, and professional models. has used different oval center brands in their history.
Below I will leave a link to a Louisville Slugger Bat dating guide showing different eras of bats.
In 1905, Honus Wagner signs on as an endorser of Louisville Slugger bats.
Dash dot dash above Hillerich & Bradsby now replaced by "125".
The H&B brand denotes a lower grade and lower priced retail bat.
Hillerich IV, H&B's chief executive officer, said at a news conference announcing the deal.“We're going to continue to make the bats right here in downtown Louisville,” he said.
You can match these with the logo on your bat to get an approximate date for your Louisville Slugger bat. Some bats have an H& B brand in the oval trademark, rather than Louisville Slugger.
The H& B brand denotes a lower grade and lower priced retail bat.
Not only was Wagner the first of countless baseball stars to sign a contract with the Hillerichs, but was the first known professional athlete endorsement of a retail product.
1908 - Perhaps the greatest baseball player of all time, Ty Cobb, signs a contract with J. Hillerich & Son for autographed Louisville Slugger bats.