Since 1884, Louisville Slugger has been synonmous with baseball bats.
Louisville Slugger bats are intertwined with American pop culture, which is why it's no surprise that the iconic wood bat pops up in Hollywood movies. The bat company has produced bats for some of the most famous baseball films, including The Natural, A League Of Their Own, and Field Of Dreams.
M. Night Shyamalan's story about suspicious alien activity on Preacher Graham Hess' farm is a movie you don't want to view alone. A trusty Louisville Slugger bat plays a pivotal role for former minor league homerun hitter, Merrill Hess, when he encounters an uninvited house guest. Swing away, Merrill!
A Few Good Men (1992)
Nominated for a Best Picture and remembered for Jack Nicholson's and Tom Cruise's star performances, A Few Good Men also stars Lt. Daniel Kaffee's beloved baseball bat. When Kaffee is attempting to win an unwinnable case, he figures out how to shake a key witness while retrieving his Louisville Slugger from his closet.
The Shining (1980)
This horror classic made stars out of Stanley Kubrick, Jack Nicholson, and Stephen King's novel. An isolated hotel in the middle of winter, with the help of an evil presence, turns writer Jack Torrance a tad violent. His wife, Wendy, has their psychic son for protection, but clutching a Louisville Slugger wood bat offers another level of security for her.
Office Space (1999)
Peter, Michael, and Samir hate their Initech software engineer jobs. A thorn in their unhappy lives is the company copier, which isn't the most reliable piece of equipment. In one of the comedy's most remembered scenes, the threesome take turns swinging a Louisville Slugger bat at the aforementioned copier.
Lean On Me (1989)
Joe Clark, played by Morgan Freeman, is a dedicated principal of a struggling inner-city school. His unorthodox and tyrannical methods to clean the school of violence, drug abuse, and despair include patrolling the hallway with a Louisville Slugger wood bat. Not a bad tool to lean on.
The Untouchables (1987)
Al Capone is running rampant in 1920's prohibition Chicago. A team of federal agents is assembled to end the notorious mobster's reign. In one of the movies more...umm...interesting scenes, Capone (played by Robert De Niro) uses a Louisville Slugger bat as a way to demonstrate the importance of the team in the sport of baseball.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Cowabunga! Four mutated turtles love pizza, karate, and defeating their archnemesis, Shredder. Their mentor Splinter and friend-reporter April O'Neil are helpful, but the Louisville Slugger bat weilding Casey Jones offers added enforcement.
What are your favorite Hollywood tales that feature a baseball bat? Do you have a favorite from this list?
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