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  Adirondack  /  Rawlings Bat Dating
Adirondack / Rawlings Co. has used different center brands in their history. Below are the labels from different eras of bats. You can match these with the logo on your bat to get an approximate date for your Adirondack bat.
Years Produced - Center Brand  Description

1946-1950

Adirondack bat date 1946- 1950

Top:

McLaughlin-Millard,inc

NORTHERN

CENTER:

 ADIRONDACK

WHITE ASH

BOTTOM:

DOLGEVILLE  NEW YORK

  "NO."

 302 

The words "McLAUGHLIN-MILLARD, INC. DOLGEVILLE NEW YORK" form a diamond-shaped center label. "ADIRONDACK" is centered inside the diamond, with "NORTHERN" above it and "WHITE ASH" below it. "NO. appears under "DOLGEVILLE" and "302" appears under "NEW YORK."

The words "Flexible Whip Action" appear right of the center label.

There are two versions of barrel labeling. The first has "PERSONAL" above the player's name and "MODEL" below it. The other version has no words above or below the player's block-letter name.

1951-1957

Adirondack bat date 1951-1957

Top:

REG.U.S.PAT.OFF.

MCLAUGHLIN-MILLARD

Northern 
White Ash

CENTER:

ADIRONDACK

302

BOTTOM:

DOLGEVILLE  NEW YORK

MADE IN U.S.A

REG.U.S.PAT.OFF. over MCLAUGHLIN-MILLARD, MADE IN U.S.A. UNDER DOLGEVILLE-NEW YORK, Flexible Whip Action to the right of center label, ADIRONDACK (MUCH THINNER LETTERS THAN 1946-1950)model # moved into center labeling.
Among the center label changes was a narrower font. "Northern White Ash" appears in script entirely above "ADIRONDACK" while the "302" appears below it.

There were several barrel variations during this era. It could say "PERSONAL" above the player's name and "MODEL" below, as before. Or, it could have nothing above the name and "LIGINIZED" below. Or, it could say, "PERSONAL MODEL" above the name and "LIGINIZED" below. Finally, it could say, "ADIRONDACK" above the player's name and "PERSONAL MODEL" below.

1958-1960

Adirondack bat date 1958-1960

Top:

ADIRONDACK BATS, INC.

Northern 
White Ash

CENTER:

ADIRONDACK

302

BOTTOM:

DOLGEVILLE  NEW YORK

MADE IN U.S.A

Same as 1951-1957 but with triangle type lines put above label & smaller lines below label.
"McLAUGHLIN-MILLARD, INC." was replaced with, "ADIRONDACK BATS, INC." The "REG. U. S. PAT. OFF." disappeared from above the center brand, and lines were added to enhance the "diamond" effect.

To the right of the center label, the "Flexible" in "Flexible Whip Action" was dropped in 1960

There were two barrel variations. The first had, "ADIRONDACK" above the player's name and "PERSONAL MODEL" below it.

The second replaced "PERSONAL MODEL" with "FLAME TREATED," which was framed in a jagged box intended to suggest flames. 

1961-1967

Adirondack bat date 1961-1967

Top:

ADIRONDACK BATS, INC.

Northern 
White Ash

CENTER:

Adirondack

302

BOTTOM:

DOLGEVILLE  NEW YORK

MADE IN U.S.A

1961-1963 lettering in white, flexible omitted from label only whip action remains,& Adirondack is now in script & no longer in all CAPS Just like the 1961-67 version, except the stamping is white instead of black. Also, the only barrel variations are the carry-overs from 1958-60.

1961-1967 same as 1961-1963 except black lettering.

The only change to the center label is that the block-letter "ADIRONDACK" now is written in script with only the "A" capitalized.

The barrel has three variations: the same two from 1958-69, plus a third version that has "ADIRONDACK" above the player's name and "FLAME TREATED" below the name and between two flame icons.

1968-1970 

Adirondack bat date 1968-1970

Top:

"Tee Pee Style " A

CENTER:

Adirondack

302

BOTTOM:

DOLGEVILLE NEW YORK USA

whip action removed from label & tee pee added over the script Adirondack.
The center label was simplified significantly in 1968. The only words left are "Adirondack" in a less-fancy script, the "302" underneath it, and "DOLGEVILLE NEW YORK USA" in much smaller letters. A stylized "A" logo appeared above "Adirondack," prompting many collectors to refer to this as the "tee pee" label. A rare variation of the center label, made in 1968 only, has "ADIRONDACK" in all capital, block letters.

BIG STICK" makes its first appearance on the barrel above the player's name. In one version, "FLAME TREATED" (again, between two flame icons) is used. A second version features "PERSONAL MODEL" below the player's name.

1971-1979

Adirondack bat date 1971-1979

Top:

MADE IN USA

CENTER:

Adirondack

BOTTOM:

302

By 1971, the "tee pee" was gone, replace with, "MADE IN USA."  "DOLGEVILLE NEW YORK USA" is taken off, and the "302" was reduced in size. appears over the "d" in Adirondack.

Some bats made in 1971 feature two "302" brands -- one above "Adirondack" and one below.

1980-1982 

Adirondack bat date 1980-1982

Top:

MADE IN USA

CENTER:

Adirondack

BOTTOM:

PRO RING 

Made in USA on top with 302 appearing below it. 

now appears over the "C" in Adirondack wich is now Block Letters

PRO RING now under block letter Adirondack.


1983-1986

Rawlings bat date 1983 - 1986

Top:

Rawlings Pro Ring

BOTTOM:

ADIRONDACK
P302

Rawlings in script now appears on the label with a Pro Ring circle logo. appears under "s" in Rawlings

Appears after the bold block letter ADIRONDACK with 302 below. 

1990 1997

Rawlings bat date 1990 -1997

Top:

Rawlings

BOTTOM:

MADE IN USA
ADIRONDACK

Rawlings in script appears on the label and tHE Pro Ring circle logo is dropped. appears under "s" in Rawlings

Appears after the bold block letter ADIRONDACK with MADE IN USA above.

1998 -2001

Rawlings Bat Date 1998 -2001

Inside oval:

R

Only the Rawlings Logo "R" appears inside an oval followed by

Outside the oval bottom reads: Rawlings (In script) ADIRONDACK MADE IN USA

Outside oval bottom Rawlings ADIRONDACK MADE IN USA

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