From Minnesota to Louisiana

11.11.13 Louisville Slugger Museum and Jim Beam Distillery!

Roy started feeling better so we went to the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory.  They manufacture baseball bats and many of the major league baseball players have their bats made there.  The factory/museum is in downtown Louisville, Kentucky which is about an hour from our RV park.

roy holding babe ruth bat
Roy holding one of Babe Ruth’s bats
plaque by babe ruth bat
The plaque explaining that it was Babe Ruth’s bat.
old machine
The old style way of making a bat
Baseball memorabilia
bats hung from ceiling
Dozens of bats hung from the ceiling
Banners of many of the MLB teams

They do not allow cameras in the factory, which is what I’m finding at most of the factories.  The tour took us from where the bat is just a round piece of wood to a specialized bat made for a specific player.  We did sneak our camera out to take a picture of Brian McCann’s (catcher for our Atlanta Braves) bat when we got to hold it!

brian mccann bat

There is a batting cage for older folks and one for little guys.

big cage little cage

They were having an auction of old memorabilia while we were there and the two pieces of furniture were sold while we were there.  The sofa for $6,300 and the chair for $4,900.

chair in auction

The bat outside the building is amazing.  It’s made of steel and weights 68,000 pounds and stands 120 feet tall.  The Big Bat is an exact replica of Babe Ruth’s 34 inch Louisville Slugger bat. The baseball glove sculpture inside the museum is handcrafted from 450 million year old Kentucky limestone, and weighs 17 tons. We love everything baseball so we were quite happy to spend time here! When we were leaving there was a bride outside having her picture taken by the big bat!

bride by bat

rosiebigbat rosiebig bat3 big glove

We went to the Jim Beam Distillery while we were in Louisville but all their tours were sold out so we were only able to take the self-guided tour which was nice and even included a whiskey tasting that we went to.  I chose a cinnamon flavored whiskey which actually did taste like cinnamon.  Roy chose a black cherry whiskey and he said it was okay.  We heard from people who did go on the real tour that it was fantastic so if you get the opportunity to go there make sure you make reservations on line a couple days ahead of time.  If we can find another distillery or a winery on the way south we’ll probably try to tour it.

beam main building

barrelsbeam bus

old time distillingtasting

beam homebeam rosie

That’s it for our visit to Louisville, KY. The weather has been beautiful and we’re enjoying the peace and quiet here a lot!

Ya’ll come back now, ya’ hear!

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