H&B stamped pro model numbers into the knob until 1976; after that, nothing would be stamped into the knob.
Officials with both companies said there are no plans to begin combining the well-known baseball names and that Slugger bats will retain their separate identity.
The company moved its Louisville Slugger plant to Jeffersonville, Ind., in the 1970s before returning to Louisville in the mid-1990s.
Browning told his teammates, which began a surge of professional ball players to the Hillerich woodworking shop. In fact, for a brief time in the 1880s, he even turned away ball players.
Bud, however, saw the potential in producing baseball bats, and the elder Hillerich eventually relented to his son. In 1905, Honus Wagner signed a deal with the company, becoming the first baseball player to officially endorse a bat.
is selling its signature Louisville Slugger brand, ending family ownership in the baseball bat business that dates to the 19th century and grew alongside the rise of professional baseball.
At the same time, H&B plans to shed about 20 percent of its workforce, losing white-collar jobs that will become redundant once the sale closes in the coming months.
H&B also makes baseball gloves, golf clubs, golf gloves and other equipment (under the Power Bilt brand). Hillerich opened his woodworking shop in Louisville in 1855.
The company announced plans on March 23, 2015 to sell its Louisville Slugger division to sporting goods manufacturer Wilson Sporting Goods. During the 1880s, Hillerich hired his seventeen-year-old son, John "Bud" Hillerich.
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