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Hillerich & Bradsby also known as Louisville Slugger has been making bats for well over a hundred years. I spoke with Brian Hillerich recently and this is what he told me about model numbers associated with H&B bats. And yes, I asked him because of your question. They didn't start model numbers until the late 30's to the early 40's. The way it worked was, when a ballplayer made an order they used the first initial of his last name and then a corresponding number. Whoever's order came in first, that was their model number. A good example is the Jackie Robinson model is the R-17 while the Babe Ruth model is R-43. It seems Jackie Robinson's order came in before Babe Ruth ever ordered a bat from H&B. So, according to Hillerich, the worst thing that ever came out of H&B was the model number system. They don't even know all the model numbers at H&B since many of them have been lost to time. I have taken a look at a few model numbers and have found none with four digits in the model number. And if Mr. Hillerich is to be believed, there can't be a model number O6112 since only abut 4000 models exist. A picture's worth a thousand words. Better yet, send a picture to me and I'll have Mr Hillerich to ascertain its vintage.

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