Reed Travel Features
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- One place, the Louisville Slugger Museum, is
fronted by a 120-foot-high, 68,000-pound replica of Babe Ruth's
The other, the Kentucky Derby Museum, is just a few lengths from
the twin spires of fabled Churchill Downs racetrack.
Together, these popular Louisville attractions span the arc of
American sport, from horsehide to horseracing.
The Louisville Slugger Museum celebrates the history of
Hillerich & Bradsby Co., which got its start as a bat
manufacturer in 1884, when 18-year-old Bud Hillerich fashioned the
first Louisville Slugger for Pete "the Old Gladiator" Browning, who
went three for four the next day.
Within the walls of this 15,000-square-foot shrine to hitting
are baseball artifacts that rival those at the Hall of Fame in
Cooperstown, N.Y., including:
* The original R43 bat Babe Ruth wielded when he smacked 60
homers in 1927.
* The Louisville Slugger Pete Rose used when he recorded his
* The Signature Wall, where white-ash-wood plaques eventually
will bear the burned-in signatures of more than 7,500
According to a museum official, the most popular exhibit enables
a visitor to stand behind the plate while "Roger Clemons" or
another hurler serves up 90-mph-plus fastballs.
The museum, which is located at 800 West Main Street, is open 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Adult admission is $4; seniors (age 60 and older), $3.50;
children (ages 6 to 12), $3. Group prices are available.
For information, call (502) 588-7228; fax (502) 585-1179.
Clients can bridge the gap between America's favorite pastime
and the sport of kings by next visiting the Kentucky Derby
Located at 704 Central Ave., the Kentucky Derby Museum houses a
large collection of racing artifacts and memorabilia that trace to
the founding of this country.
Among the highlights is a 360-degree audiovisual presentation
that surrounds the onlooker with the sights and sounds of the
racetrack on Derby Day.
Admission includes a guided tour of the racetrack (weather
The facility is open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except
Thanksgiving and Christmas and other strictly Louisvillian holidays
such as Derby Day.
Admission ranges from $5 for adults to $2 for children. Group
rates are available.
For information, call (502) 636-7097.