“Legendary Lumber makes baseball come alive by honoring the actual tools that made these men into legends. Beyond the stories we all know, Lumber goes into incredible detail about the finer points of the collecting trade, unlocking entirely new levels of information about the players and the game we love.”
— Chris Meiman, curator, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
“Hitting a baseball is one of the most difficult tasks in sports. To accomplish that task, you need a bat that feels just right. The exact weight and length of the lumber and shape of the handle are so important to every hitter. The bat is almost like an extension of ourselves. Legendary Lumber is filled with the stories behind the greatest hitters in the history of the game and the bats that helped make them famous. This book will help collectors and baseball fans alike appreciate this iconic piece of sports equipment more than ever before.”
— Rico Petrocelli, Red Sox Hall of Famer and All-Star shortstop
“For fans of our National Pastime, Legendary Lumber is a must read. The sticks featured in this beautiful book were touched and used by the greatest players of all time. These weapons won games, made legendary players famous, and are truly a part of baseball history.”
— Lou Blasi, senior baseball analyst, Insiderbaseball.com; host, Fantistics Insider Baseball Show, SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio; writer and author
“I love this book. It appeals not only to bat collectors, but to others that enjoy baseball and appreciate its rich history. While other bat books are primarily research tools, this is the first book to visually display the beauty of bats used by the best players of all time …while also providing useful information. Thanks for making this book a reality!”
— Scott Foraker, owner of one of the most comprehensive and finest professional model bat collections in the world
About the Book
Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History showcases the most desirable professional model bats in the history of our National Pastime while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the men who became famous for swinging the lumber.
For each player featured in the book, you will find both a narrative highlighting a significant offensive accomplishment, as well as the story about the bat itself. Learn about the interesting characteristics of each gamer along with specific player ordering habits, the distinct bat preparation, and the relative scarcity of the gamers featured. These bat stories are brought to life with brilliant images and information, and along with the narratives of the players, make for a fascinating and fun read.
Selected by highly regarded experts using criteria including historical importance, rarity, popularity of the player and bat, visual appeal, market value, and more, this book features the most sought-after bats in the hobby. These are the prized gamers any collector would love to have. The absolute pinnacle of this grouping is featured in chapter 3, “The Top 25,” which showcases the 25 most desirable professional model bats in the hobby. You will also find a brief history of the baseball bat, and tips about collecting professional model bats. The players selected for this book represent a cross section of baseball history, from the early days to the present—Nap Lajoie, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and the ultra-popular stars of the post-1980 period such as Cal Ripken, Jr., and Derek Jeter.