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Beckett Behind the Scenes: Watching pink Louisville Sluggers come to life for Mother’s Day

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For the eighth consecutive year, Major League Baseball‘s stars will take to the field this Sunday with a new color in their uniform mix and in many cases a new color of Louisville Slugger in their hands.

It’s pink, which is to raise awareness — and funds — for breast cancer awareness on Mother’s Day, and it’s an effort that has raised more than $1 million with MLB since 2006.

Many of these game-used bats will then be auctioned for charity, while also later appearing on photographs in baseball cards throughout the year. Fans can also buy their own personalized pink bats as well, with $10 from every purchase from mlb.com or sluggergifts.com going to MLB Charities in its cancer-fighting efforts.

Hillerich & Bradsby, aka the maker of Louisville Slugger, recently allowed a camera crew behind the scenes to show how the pink bats are made and provided the raw footage. Here’s our cut of the highlight reel of how some of your future game-used collectibles come to life.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

26 Comments

Norman Carlisle

Been to the factory 4 times it’s a great tour. My grandfather worked and retired from the old factory over 40 plus years ago.

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Permalink
Harrison

David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Permalink
Norman Carlisle

David wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
Jeremy Blevins

David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
Michael Rokicki

David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Permalink
Ryan

Great vid! Love seeing David Wright us it! Let go Mets!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
Matt Odom

David Wright with a homerun!!!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
Eric Knudson

David Wright, should have been Bill Hall.

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
bill.durbin

David wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
Randy Shideler

David Wright!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
Jeff Fogal

That’s David Wright hitting at the end.

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Permalink
Anthony Genna

David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
Samuel Breniman

The batter is David Wright. Thanks for the contest!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
corey eubank

David Wright!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink
jeff guinn

David Wright!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Permalink
Jason

One of the coolest videos I have seen.

David Wright by the way.

Thanks for sharing.

Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
Ignacio Ochoa

Cool video. David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
Jackie Martling

David Wright!

Posted May 10, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Permalink
Andre

David Wright

Posted May 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Permalink
Ted Morris

David Wright

Posted May 12, 2013 at 8:56 am | Permalink
Joe Cecil

David Wright

Posted May 12, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
Alvin Yam

David Wright

Posted May 13, 2013 at 7:19 am | Permalink

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