LSMF Opens "A Century of Supporting the Troops"
In 1914, the Belle of Louisville was born, WWI began, and Louisville Slugger launched its loyal support of US troops. As the Belle celebrates her hundredth birthday, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is proud to host A Century of Supporting the Troops, a special exhibition celebrating the Centennial Festival of Riverboats that is set to open next Saturday, October 11.
This poignant and patriotic journey through history explores 100 years of Louisville Slugger’s proud support of the US military. During World War II, as the Belle pushed oil barges for the war effort and entertained troops as a floating USO nightclub, Louisville Slugger’s own “Rosie the Riveters” assembled gunstocks and track pins for tanks on the same machinery used to make bats and golf clubs.
The exhibit will feature a WWII service banner honoring Hillerich & Bradsby employees who served in that war, including one who was killed in action. A WWI military issue Louisville Slugger bat that was recently discovered by a local woman, whose grandfather used it during The Great War, will also be on display.
Louisville Slugger continues to support the troops in many ways today, including the company’s sponsorship of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. A prosthetic leg used by a member of the team will be included as part of the exhibit, along with commemorative bats and images from the past decade that highlight Louisville Slugger’s continued dedication to helping the troops.
Some of the archival photographs and artifacts in this exhibition have never before been displayed in public. Daily performances by costumed interpreters help tell the story of A Century of Supporting the Troops.
Admission to A Century of Supporting the Troops 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.
As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour. Tours are given seven days a week and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.