PLAY BALL: Here comes baseball season
Major League Baseball’s 2011 season starts this Thursday, March 31. We thought we’d take a look at the All-American pastime, which still features some Made-in-USA sports gear.
For starters, hopefully everyone has, at some time in their life, swung an iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Since 1884, the company has been turning ash and maple trees into championship bats. Originally based in Louisville, Kentucky, Slugger bats are now made in Jeffersonville, Indiana. As the “official bat” of Major League Baseball, Louisville Sluggers are used by more than 60% of all Major League players.
Unfortunately, the actual baseballs that get knocked out of the park by major league baseball players are made overseas. The New York Times has reported on the millions of baseball that are hand sewn each year by workers in Costa Rica. An official major league baseball sells for nearly $20. The workers in Costa Rica are paid 30 cents per baseball.
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