His signature was emblazoned on Louisville Sluggers, a tradition that continues to this day.
Early bats with Wagner or Cobb engravings are popular items among collectors today.
Frank Bradsby, a salesman, signed on to partner with Hillerich in 1911, although the bats were not branded as Hillerich & Bradsby until 1916.
Soon Hillerich & Bradsby were manufacturing bats for the biggest stars in the game, and by the mid-1920s, legends like Babe Ruth were swinging Louisville Sluggers—Ruth used a model R-43.
The best way to remember them is the four "F"s: French, Feel, Finger, Fuck.
From 1994 to 1995, NBC aired games under a joint broadcasting venture with Major League Baseball and ABC called The Baseball Network.