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Ted William's Day Features Slugger's Daughter

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is set to host Claudia Williams, daughter of Red Sox great Ted Williams, for a special “Ted Williams Day” event on Saturday, October 11.

The highlight of the day is a special presentation by Claudia, followed by a book signing. Claudia will discuss her memoir Ted Williams, My Father, and the book will be available for purchase. Much has been written about the Splendid Splinter, but his daughter offers a personal and poignant portrait which includes sixteen pages of never-before-seen color photographs.

During an appearance on Olbermann to discuss her book, Claudia told host Keith Olbermann, “A lot of people remember [my father] just for the greatness of him as an American hero, the fact that he was a fantastic baseball player, the fact that he loved fishing, but not a lot of people know these stories I’m telling. Not a lot of people know how he felt, how he thought, and what he really wanted, but I do.”

Fans who wear their Red Sox gear will receive free admission to the museum that day, and will be eligible to win a personalized Red Sox Louisville Slugger bat. In addition, a bat actually used by Ted Williams will be removed from its display case and guests will have the opportunity to hold it.

Special Red Sox-themed bat vault tours will take place throughout the day, and Ted Williams’ personal travel flask set will be on display. This remarkable piece was used by Williams in the 1950s and a small portion of bourbon, gin, and scotch remains in each flask.

Ted Williams Day Itinerary:

  • 10am – 12pm: Claudia greets each factory tour group with a brief reading from her book
  • 1pm: Claudia’s presentation, Q & A with guests
  • 2pm – 4pm: Book signing
  • All Day:
    • Free Admission for Guests in Red Sox gear
    • Guests Can Hold a Bat Used by Ted Williams
    • Ted Williams’ Personal Travel Flask Set on Display
    • Red Sox-Themed Bat Vault Tours

“Ted Williams was arguably the greatest hitter of all time, and we are honored to welcome his daughter, Claudia, to the museum for this festive day,” said PJ Shelley, Tour and Programming Director at LSMF. “Claudia will provide visitors with an inside look at this celebrated and complex slugger.”

Theodore Samuel “Ted” Williams played his entire 22-year Major League Baseball career with the Boston Red Sox. A two-time American League Most Valuable Player, Williams led the league in batting six times and won the Triple Crown twice. He is especially remembered for being the last player in Major League Baseball to bat over .400 in a single season. Williams was also a great patriot, as he left baseball twice to serve his country as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot.

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has an exciting lineup to round out 2014, including “A Century of Supporting the Troops,” a special exhibition celebrating the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. Through archived photographs, costumed character performances, and fascinating artifacts – some never before displayed in public – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory shares this patriotic journey through history. Back by popular demand, visitors can see 75 years of art and artifacts from Coca-Cola’s special collection as part of the museum’s Christmas exhibition from November 15, 2014, through January 4, 2015. 

LSMF Joins Smithsonian Magazine's Tenth Annual Museum Day Live!

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory will participate in Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! this Saturday, September 27. A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available to download now at Smithsonian.com/museumdaylive. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only one ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2014 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit: Smithsonian.com/museumday/venues. 

Inclusive by design, the event represents Smithsonian’s commitment to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, giving museums across all 50 states the opportunity to emulate the admission policy of the Smithsonian museums in Washington D.C. Last year’s event drew over 400,000 participants, and this year’s event expects record-high participation.

LSMF will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors may present a hard copy of the ticket, or present the ticket on their smartphone. 

LSMF Teams Up With International Women's Baseball Center to Promote Women in Baseball

Baseball isn’t just for guys, and the International Women’s Baseball Center plans to make that clear at their 2014 Women’s Baseball Symposium. The event, to be held at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory on Saturday, Aug. 30, will feature panel sessions with prominent women in the baseball field, as well as a special autograph session.

The day will be highlighted by a special panel featuring former players from the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as the women’s baseball pioneers of the 1940s reach out to the women’s baseball pioneers of today to make women’s baseball heard, preserved and promoted. The panel will discuss the history of women in baseball, while encouraging local young women to get involved in the sport.

The public is invited to attend this free event. Women and girls who attend the Women’s Baseball Symposium in their team uniform for little league, baseball, softball, or any sport they play will also receive free admission to the museum that day.

“We are delighted to host this event featuring some of the women who are true trailblazers in the field of baseball,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director of LSMF. “Many baseball fans, and guests to our museum, are women, and we’d love to see more women continue to ramp up their involvement with the game.”

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a welcome and introduction by the International Women’s Baseball Center in the museum’s Pee Wee Reese Gallery. University of Kentucky graduate and current Marshall University professor Dr. Kat Williams will deliver the keynote address.

A panel on the future of women’s baseball will begin in the gallery at 10:30 a.m., featuring umpire Perry Barber and University of Louisville sports administration professor Dr. Mary Hums. The International Women’s Baseball Center wants to encourage women to “Step Up To The Sport,” and embrace baseball as their own.

Following a lunch break at 11:30 a.m., the group will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. for the panel on the history of women’s baseball. The panel will feature Maybelle Blair (Peoria Redwings) and Kate Horstman (Fort Wayne Daisies and Kenosha Comets). Blair and Horstman will be joined by Kent State University professor Dr. Leslie Heaphy, who is an expert on the Negro leagues and the females that played in them.

The day will end with an autograph session in the main museum from 2:30-3:30 p.m., featuring the AAGPBL players and Barber.

Barber, a New York debutante, became fascinated with baseball after studying the sport to compete on quiz shows. Following the suggestion of her mother to become an umpire, Barber started off on a long road that included umpire school in Florida with her twin sister and lots of Little League games before finally moving up to college, Minor League games, and even Major League exhibitions during Spring Training. She faced many challenges throughout her journey, including hostility from fellow umpires, players, coaches, and fans. Despite the rough times, she went on to enjoy a decades-long career as an umpire.

The museum will also feature a special display with bats signed by A League of Their Own director Penny Marshall and star Geena Davis, as well as a bat signed by the all-female Colorado Silver Bullets who played professionally from 1994-1997.

An itinerary for the day is:

  • 10 a.m. – Welcome, introduction, keynote speaker
  • 10:30 a.m. – Panel on the future of women in baseball
  • 11:30 a.m. – Break for lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. – Panel on the history of women’s baseball
  • 2:30 p.m. – Autograph session in the main museum

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has an exciting lineup to round out 2014, including “A Century of Supporting the Troops,” a special exhibition celebrating the Centennial Festival of Riverboats. Through archived photographs, costumed character performances, and fascinating artifacts – some never before displayed in public – Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory shares this patriotic journey through history. Back by popular demand, visitors can see 75 years of art and artifacts from Coca-Cola’s special collection as part of the museum’s Christmas exhibition from November 15, 2014, through January 4, 2015. 

LSMF Hits the Road August 18-24

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory hits the road next week with our mobile museum, making stops at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago and Miller Park in Milwaukee. We will be in Chicago’s south side as the White Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles from Monday, August 18 – Wednesday August 20, followed by a three-day stint in Milwaukee as the Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24.

Fans at both locations can take advantage of our interactive exhibit by:

·         Holding/viewing authentic, game-used bats from legendary players

·         Watching live bat-making demonstrations

·         Taking fun photos with our oversized bat and glove

·         Signing up for free passes to the museum

·         Entering a drawing for a free personalized bat

 

Louisville Slugger bats featured in Chicago will include:

·         Dick Allen P89 model game-used bat

·         Harold Baines B345 model game-used bat

·         Robin Ventura T141 model game-used bat

·         Paul Konerko C271 model game-used bat

·         Cal Ripken, Jr. P72 model game-used bat

·         “Shoeless” Joe Jackson J13 model replica bat

·         “Shoeless” Joe Jackson J13 model game-used bat (display only)

For the first time ever, we will also be bringing our Rock-n-Roll bats, signed by The Who, Alice Cooper, Def Leppard and Motley Crue to Chicago. Our special exhibit will be located near the scoreboard gift shop on the 100 level of the outfield concourse at U.S. Cellular Field.

Tickets to all three games in the White Sox series are available and can be purchased at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office, whitesox.com, or by calling 312.674.1000.

 

Louisville Slugger bats featured in Milwaukee will include:

·         Robin Yount P72 model game-used bat

·         Paul Molitor H176 model game-used bat

·         Geoff Jenkins J121 model game-used bat

·         Hank Aaron A99 model replica bat

·         Hank Aaron A99 model game-used bat (display only)

·         Roberto Clemente U1 model game-used bat (display only)

The display-only Hank Aaron bat was used by the slugger to hit his 700th home run on July 21, 1973, and is also signed by Aaron.

Tickets are available to all three games in the Brewers series and can be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, at brewers.com, or by calling 414.902.4000.

We are looking forward to seeing you on the road! Visit our Facebook page to keep up with our travels and to view pictures from our adventure. We are also holding weekly contests during the month of August for fans to win personalized bats. 

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