How Baseball Bats Work

By: Patrick J. Kiger

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Author's Note: How Baseball Bats Work

Writing about baseball bats was interesting for me because when I was growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1960s and 1970s, I idolized Pirates right fielder Roberto Clemente. And "The Great One," as Clemente was known, was famous for insisting upon an old-fashioned, unusually thick-handled bat — the opposite of what most modern players use. To the quirky Clemente, though, that fence post felt perfect in his huge hands.

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