Friday, December 05, 2008

E.Normous Bat

This huge baseball bat is sure to hit a home run with any baseball fan. At naerly [nearly spelled correctly] 6 feet long, this bat will have the baseball fanatic in your life going wild. Although it is made of cold-cast resin [ick], the realistic wood grain and embossed branding it makes it a great addition to any sport themed room. The wording reads "Great Big Stuff - Big League - Rotary Hero Series" and "The original E.Normous signature bat".

At Great Big Stuff

Friday, November 14, 2008

Not-So-Little League

In a move that ensures the future of giant baseball bats, Little League World Series teams now sign giant bats. Brings a tear to your eye, no?

"Waipio [Hawaii] players signed a giant bat after yesterday's win - AP, 8/26/08"

Monday, November 03, 2008

Poppy Bush, Barbara, Little League Giant Bat

Dr. Creighton J. Hale, then president and chief executive officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, poses for a photo with President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush at a 1989 White House ceremony honoring Little League’s 50th anniversary. Hundreds of Little Leaguers and Little League officials attended the event on the South Lawn. A few days later, President and Mrs. Bush, along with Dr. Hale, traveled to Poland to personally deliver the first charter certificates to Little Leagues behind the former Iron Curtain. Dr. Hale remains a member of the Little League International Board of Directors, as well as a trustee of the Little League Foundation. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Types of Wood

"On the cover of the ambiguously titled ‘Types of Wood’ we are treated to a large picture of a woman licking an oversized baseball bat, quite obviously in the throes of a rather passionate exchange. Sadly the music isn’t this powerful" more from boomkat

I like some of Whirlwind Heat's songs, but what do I know?

Album covermodel Susan Eldridge

Monday, October 06, 2008

Holy Toledo!

The Mud Hens terrific ballpark, Fifth Third Park, is, oddly, not located on Fifth St or Third St. Check out the six giant baseball bats guarding the home plate gate on Washington St.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Powell Doctrine

"I especially remember at that time, Jerry gave me one of those huge, oversized Louisville Slugger baseball bats. And I was deeply appreciative of that. I still keep it in my office. And, believe me, it comes in handy late at night, when I've had enough diplomacy for one day and I want to hit somebody. So I thank you, Jerry."
Colin Powell, November 20 2001

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Put Me In Coach

John Fogerty plays the song "Centerfield" on his baseball bat guitar.

Feb 5, 2008

Photo from Gary

Q Who made the Baseball-bat guitar you play on 'Centerfield'?
A The Bat-guitar was made by Geoff Richardson and Phil Kubicki for the Zombie Tour. At that time, Fogerty was using several custom guitars made by Kubicki along with other guitars modified by Hideo Kamimoto, a great luthier. You can hear the Kubickis on the CENTERFIELD and ZOMBIE releases.
The Bat-guitar has no peg head, the string tuning is done at the bridge, just like Steinberger guitars. Bat-guitar has 3 Seyour Duncan pickups and a shortened neck, I'm not sure of the scale but it is missing quite a few high end frets.
This information came from Geoff Richardson personally

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Heavy Hitters

Ralph Kiner, Monte Irvin and Hank Greenberg posing with an oversized bat.

This signed photo was auctioned here.

Which giant bat? What brought these Hall of Fame hitters together?

So many bats, so little time...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

That's Cricket

And now for something completely different ... there's a Wiki page on the "World's Biggest Cricket Bat." There are three examples listed.

We haven't done our own research, of course, so I can't say much about them. It's nice to see another flagpole planted so well aligned with our mission. Though it is such a tiny list. Only three? Please ... maybe we should create a Giant Baseball Bat Wiki page ...

We did come across this post a few years ago.

Friday, September 12, 2008

World's Largest Baseball Bat?

World's Largest Bat? Knoebels Amusement Park - Elysburg, PA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ernmark
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Quick Description: Oversized baseball bat tucked away in a corner of Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg, PA.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 8/27/2007 6:06:07 PM
Waymark Code: WM236A
Reviewed By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
Is this the world's largest bat? You'll have to stop by & decide for yourself! This bat was turned on a steam-powered lathe & sits near a collection of antique may not really be the largest, but it's worth stopping by!

By best guess, the bat itself is about 12' long. The lathe it was turned on is also located nearby, along with other interesting items. The park itself is an interesting destination as it bills itself as the largest free-admission park.

To find the bat - head toward the northernmost area of the park, near the Kiddie Carousel.

Web Address: Roadside attraction web site

Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Weekday Hours: From: 11:00 AM To: 10:00 PM

Weekend Hours: From: 11:00 AM To: 10:00 PM

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Munster Bat


Updated: July 14, 2006

Original oversize baseball bat used by Butch Patrick as "Eddie Munster" in the opening credits of The Munsters. (CBS-TV, 1964-66) This wonderful oversize baseball bat is constructed of light-weight balsa wood in the exact proportions of a standard baseball bat - but stands fully 5 feet tall!

It was carried by Butch Patrick in character as "Eddie Munster" in the opening credits of nearly each episode of The Munsters. The bat exhibits usual wear from studio use and age, but remains in very good condition overall. An instantly-recognizable prop from this classic 1960s TV series.

(*) Photos and info courtsey of Profiles in History!

Value: $2,000 - $3,000

from Uncle Odie's

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sure to Impress the Neighbors

Oversized Louisville Slugger Bat Signed by Frank Robinson, Pete Rose and More.

"A giant Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat that is 66" long and 5" in diameter at the barrel -- sure to impress the neighbors. This oversized replica bat is signed by HOFer Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Steve Busby and Bobby Valentine. Busby owns two no-hit wins as a pitcher and Valentine has become a successful manager. All signatures have been rendered in black sharpie with Robinson's and Rose's the most prominent."

Sold for: $113.53

Ended: Jun 22, 2008

Heritage Auctions

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Giant '76 NL Bat

Gigantic 1976 Centennial Bat Signed By The Entire National League

Story about the Big Bat by Bob Bartosz: As the 1975 Baseball Season was coming to an end, there was a lot of talk about the 100th Anniversary of the National League (1876-1976). All the teams in the National League were preparing to honor this big event. New Uniforms, hats, logos etc. Being a photographer and covering the National League games for a local South Jersey newspaper I came upon the idea to celebrate this event also. During the winter months I acquired a huge piece of turn of the century Teak wood and using a pattern off of a Greg Luzinski Model bat, I had a local machine shop cut a model of it on their lathe. The bat was about five foot tall in size. The bat was taken to a county vocational school to their wood shop. There it was sanded down with a very fine sand paper to give it a proper smooth finish. I had two large decals custom made at a local printing shop bearing the Logo of the 100th Anniversary for the National League. At the start of the 1976 season in April I took the bat with me to the Phillies Clubhouse at Veterans Stadium where it got a lot of attention from the Phillies players and I had all of them autograph the bat with a Sharpie Pen. I than took the bat over to the Visitors Clubhouse and had each player also sign the bat. I continued to do this as each team came in to Veterans Stadium during the 1976 Season. Everyone was very happy to sign the bat ( back in the early 1970's days there were no large groups of photographers and few autograph-seekers hounding the players like you see today). When the Dodgers came into town everyone graciously signed the bat with one exception. The Dodgers pitcher Mike Marshall refused to sign the bat. Mike was a very pleasant person and explained to me that he would not autograph any item. Many of his teammates urged him to sign the bat but he still refused. He explained that he felt terrible about this but that was his policy. As a good will gesture, he gave me his personal 1975 All-Star Game bat. As the year went on I was able to get everyone in the Clubhouse to sign the bat. I was hoping to give the bat to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, as my wife and I were frequently going there during the Induction Ceremonies and covering the Hall of Fame games. Throughout the years we have donated many items from the old Connie Mack Stadium and photos to the Hall of Fame and we were hoping that they would exhibit the bat but I was told by them that they just did not have any room for new displays. This was back in the mid 1970's before all the new construction and the new changes that you see at the Hall of Fame today. After the 1976 season, the bat was put on display in various malls here in South Jersey. I was able to take photographs of many of the players that signed the bat, and both the photos and the bat attracted many thousands of baseball fans who came to see it. As the years went by I had stored the bat away in a closet. I had a lot of fun creating this unique tribute to the National League's Centennial, and sharing it with others over the years. I am now retired and have disposed of much of my baseball collection and have decided that the bat should go to a new owner. I am sure it will find a deserving home. Sincerely, Bob Bartosz. Now retired Sports Photographer

The bat weighs 14 pounds and measures 54 inches in length. It is signed by hundreds of players. This is a simply amazing display piece. Everyone who sees it wants to hold it. It is also a display piece with a great story. The fact that Mike Marshall is so legendary for his refusal to sign, and the autographed bat is accompanied by the All-Star Game bat presented to Bob Bartosz as a token of Marshall's remorse, adds a fascinating additional dimension of interest. The bat is also accompanied by a selection of twenty-two original photographs taken by Bob Bartosz of players from various teams signing and posing with the bat in the clubhouse. The only National League player aside from Mike Marshall that Bob Bartosz knows that he happened to miss getting to sign the bat is Willie Montanez. SOLD FOR $4,640.00


Friday, September 05, 2008

All-Star Workout Giant Bat

DETROIT - JULY 11, 2005: Luis Castillo of the Florida Marlins, Livan Hernandez of the Washington Nationals and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals pose for a portrait in the National League Workout jersey during All-Star Workout Day on July 11, 2005 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by John Reid III/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Big Bat

big bat plaque
Originally uploaded by kellyhafermann
"You are standing next to an exact-scale replica of the model R43, 34" wood bat, designed to specifications requested by Babe Ruth in the early 1920s. The "Bud Hillerich" signature that appears with the famous oval logo is a tribute to John A. "Bud" Hillerich, who turned the company's first bat in 1884."

Big Bat, Big Ball

Big Bat, Big Ball
Originally uploaded by DewCon
at La Crosse Loggers baseball stadium in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Giant Bat Fountain

UofL baseball
Originally uploaded by flickrized
a beautiful shot outside the UofL baseball park

Bench Bat Bench

slightly off topic, these bats are regular-size ... but what could be cooler than a Bench bat bench?

largest baseball bat known to man

I'll see if I can get more info on this ...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008



JOSEPH KREN was a famous baseball bat maker

whose clients were Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Hornsby, and others.

Like the Major League Baseball superstars he made bats for,

KREN, himself, was finally inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the year 2000.

[He's in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall. His tools were donated to the National Baseball Hall]

JOSEPH KREN immigrated from Germany in the late 1800's, and settled in the Syracuse (NY) North Side German community, where he founded his baseball bat (and billy club) industry in the late 1920's. He attended Syracuse's oldest Catholic church, ST. MARY'S CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION on N. Salina St., which serviced the spiritual needs of the German Catholic Community.

JOSEPH KREN turned this rare one-of-a-kind huge baseball bat

[Ah, but did he? Where's the logo?]

to be auctioned off at ASSUMPTION'S 1941 PICNIC.The names on the bat are the names of the parishioners who bought auction tickets - there were over 100!

The bat is 46" long, 5" wide at the top, and weighs about 7 pounds. The handle rim has a shallow chip (pictured below). There are multiple other mini-chips, scratches, rub marks, and paint spotson the bat, in addition to an eyehook hole, where it was hung at a home bar for years. Nevertheless, this may hold the distinction of being the largest KREN BAT in existence.

[Could be, but who's counting giants bats (but us)? Exactly how close to seven pounds is it? How big is that kid and what's the bat's length?]

KREN'S name does not appear on the bat, but it is obviously his craftsmanship.

[... obviously, since it's a bat that's too big and heavy to use in a game. Look at the sloppy label, clearly a master at work.]

I am sure that some people in Syracuse will be emailing me to see if any of their relatives names are on the bat. Since many of the names are faded and/or hard to read, I hope you will understand that I can only take the time to do the research for interested buyers.

[I'm sure you can imagine any name you wish]


[... except for, uh, the "true" part, and, uh, the "museum" part]

This museum quality sports collectible is in FAIR to GOOD CONDITION.


Thursday, January 24, 2008

making a giant baseball bat

The most popular video ever of making a giant baseball bat.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Clown Brown with Big Bat

Joe E Brown, movie comic, had a huge sports memorabilia collection. Here he is with a new item, a giant baseball bat, presented by the head of the Sporting News. Lucky guy.


Zeke Bonura, a heavy hitter for the White Sox and other clubs, known by the colorful nickname of “Banana Nose,” later became a member of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. Here he is with a remarkable giant bat.