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Play Ball, Doc! Opens April 5

We're getting ready for our special summer exhibition entitled Play Ball, Doc! - The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons featuring legendary Looney Tunes’ characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety. Play Ball, Doc! opens April 5th.

The exhibit includes more than 70 original drawings, paintings and related objects used in the making of Warner Bros. cartoons from the 1930s through the 1960s. The exhibit shows, step-by-step, how animated films were painstakingly drawn by hand, a process now performed by computers.

“This bright and lively exhibition showcases original, remarkable cartoon artwork and the lasting impact these cartoons have had on American culture,” said Anne Jewell, Executive Director of Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.  “Warner Bros. and Louisville Slugger are classic American brands. It’s fitting for them to come together to produce such a fun experience.”  The museum hosted a smaller version of the exhibit ten years ago.

A special supplement for the show, created exclusively for Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, spotlights original artwork from classic baseball-themed cartoons produced by Warner Bros. Like Bugs Bunny and his gang, baseball is an important and beloved cultural staple. The sport’s balance of good-natured fun and intense competition provided an ideal set-up for the antics and battles of the Looney Tunes lot. The exhibit includes interactive elements for guests, such as a virtual home run derby with Bugs Bunny and fun photo opportunities.

Admission to the exhibit is included with the price of museum admission.  In addition to this special show, the museum also includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour. 

LSMF Set Yearly Attendance Record!

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory scored a record number of visitors in 2013 as 303,037 guests made their way through the turnstiles. This marks the fourth consecutive year at LSMF set a new attendance mark and the first time it eclipsed 300,000 visitors. The museum broke monthly attendance record in 10 of 12 months in 2013 with the immensly popular Big Leagues, Little Bricks summer exhibition as well as the return of the National FFA Convention and Expo contributing to the success. A strategic partnership with the Elizabethtown Sports Park as well as the museum's outreach to regional baseball hotbeds such as Chicago, Milwaukee and Cincinnati also drove attendance.

Fantography Now Open

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is displaying a new exhibit entitled “Fantography”.  Fantography is a web-based social media project that provides a forum for baseball fans to view, share and discuss their amateur photographs of baseball scenes and baseball players.

The display features 31 images and is a national exhibit founded by former San Diego Padres executive and current Acme Sports Marketing president Andy Strasberg.  His inspiration came in part from a 1960s photo of himself as a teenager at Yankee Stadium with his idol Roger Maris.  Strasberg has collected more than 6,000 photos that span the 1930s up through today. 

Featured in the exhibit are photos that include Hank Aaron sharing a laugh with Muhammad Ali and Bill Cosby, Mickey Mantle clowning around with fans prior to a game, and a mid-autograph Roberto Clemente peering up to meet the camera's lens.

The touring exhibit of the Fantography collection has been shown in San Diego, CA, Tucson, AZ, and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

Fantography will also be part of the Photo Biennial in Louisville.  It represents a cooperative effort among local museums, galleries, universities and other public venues to give viewers the opportunity to learn about and to appreciate photography, spanning its history to the present, and from the local to the global. 

Fantography is open and free to the public and the exhibit is staged in Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory’s main lobby.  For more information on the exhibit, please visit www.Fantography.com.  

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