The original "Louisville Slugger," with a career.343 batting average and three batting championships, was Pete-Louis Rodgers Browning, who was born on June 17, 1861, in Louisville. Playing primarily for the Louisville Colonels of the major league American Association, he led the league in hitting in both 1882, his rookie year, with a.382 average, and 1885, with.362. After he first used custom-made bats from Louisville woodworker John Hillerich, demand for these bats quickly spread and launched the Hillerich & Bradsby Company . The bats became known as Louisville Sluggers.
Selected Sources from UK Libraries:
Kleber, J. (2001). The encyclopedia of Louisville. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.
F459.L85 E54 2001, Young Library – Reference
Hill, B. (2000). Crack of the bat : The Louisville Slugger story. Champaign, Ill.: Sports Pub.
GV869 .H45 2000, Special Collections Research Center
Scheinin, R. (1994). Field of screams : The dark underside of America's national pastime. New York: Norton.
GV863.A1 S32 1994, Young Library – 4th Floor