I really like old photo's like the one of this Lousville Slugger factory in 1932. Seeing the tools, the way the work rooms are set up and the fashion for a laborer back in the day is very interesting. Also, the bricks of the building and the windows are very similar to the building our fabrication shop is now housed.
The architecture of these old factory buildings is really cool. Everyday I stare at the riveted columns in our shop and marvel at how all those rivets were placed one at a time by a man with a rivet gun. Nothing about my job is difficult when thinking about how hard factory workers labored during the industrial revolution.
This photo was taken by National Geographic photographer Edwin L. Wisherd at the Louisville Slugger factory in 1932. "Baseball bats for big league stars are all handmade, and carefully turned by skilled workmen," read the archive notes accompanying the photo.
"Note the scales in the window, each bat must weigh the same."
It took a skilled craftsman about 20 minutes to make each one.
Consistency was critical. Ted Williams, who took the professional field five years after this shot was taken, was so meticulous that he once shipped an order of bats back to the manufacturer, saying something was wrong. When the batmakers inspected them, it turned out that the size around the barrel was a tenth of an inch off, says Louisville Slugger museum executive director Nathan Stalvey.....Read More