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The Louisville Slugger
In 1934, the Hillerich and Bradsby Company of Louisville, Kentucky, which manufactured the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat, sued the Hanna Manufacturing Company of Athens, Georgia for using the names of ballplayers on their bats who already had endorsement deals with Louisville Slugger. Hanna Manufacturing countersued claiming that H&B was making bats using a method that Hanna had patented. The Louisville Slugger manufacturer won the lawsuit. The materials included in this court case are a treasure trove of baseball memoriabilia. This includes handwritten letters by legendary players like Lou Gehrig and testimony by Ty Cobb. The case gives incredible insight into the world of professional baseball in the 1920's and 1930's.
War Fashion for Women

Sporting Goods Dealer

ca. 1930-1932

Louisville Slugger Complaint

Complaint

January 12, 1933

Baseball Bat Patents

Baseball Bat Patents

ca. 1890-1928

Players Using Sluggers

Players Using Sluggers

ca. 1930-1932

1932 and 1933 Lines of Batrite Baseball Bats

Batrite Baseball Bats

1932-1933

Al Simmons Correspondence

Al Simmons Correspondence

ca. 1930-1932

Lou Gehrig Correspondence

Lou Gehrig Correspondence

ca. 1930-1933

 
Charlie Berry Correspondence

Charlie Berry Correspondence

March 30, 1933

 
Over the Fence with Louisville Sluggers

Over the Fence

ca. 1930-1932