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Many of you already know the story behind Phoenix Bat Company, but for those of you who have never heard it I will start where every story should start, in the big inning.

In 1996, I was restoring old houses for a living and had a small wood shop. For about five years I had been playing 19th Century baseball for the Ohio Historical Society. The Historical Society, knowing my shop included an old lathe, asked if I could make some bats typical of the 1860s. Never one to shy away from something new (or in this case really old), I agreed. Little did I expect how much I would have to learn or how much fun I would have. Not only did my team like the bats but the teams we were playing started asking me to make bats for them as well.

Over the next couple of years my "hobby" grew from just historic bats to include a few modern bats as well. I even got the interest of some minor league players. Wouldn't it be great to have professional players swinging my bats? Not so fast!...bats had to be approved for use by professional teams. Well, it turns out I have a knack for this bat making thing and we received that approval back in 2000.

I am trying to keep this short, so I will not bore you with the multiple moves into larger facilities or with buying a lathe that cost more than my house. I will just say that it is more than just me now and we are not in my little wood shop anymore, but we still love what we are doing.

Thanks for taking the time and when you are in Columbus, Ohio stop on by!

Charley "Lefty" Trudeau

Phoenix Bat Company
7801 Corporate Blvd Suite E
Plain City OH 43064
Local: 614.873.7776
Toll free: 877.598.BATS (2287)
Fax: 614.873.7796
lefty@phoenixbats.com

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