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  Bat Day Baseball Bat Dating Guide
The following guide is to help you in dating your Bat Day Stadium giveaway baseball bat. Key features in determining the age of the bat are variations on the barrel such as players name; script or block, Team name; script or block, the order the team name, the players name, and approved little league appears on the barrel as well as center brand variations which include H&B, Hillerich & Bradsby co., Made in USA, Made in Canada. This is not an exact science. Label styles might vary from ballpark to ballpark. Some teams may have not used player names in  a particular year making it difficult to date. Team Logos could help in dating. By checking the years a player played for a team, and matching it with a label below you should at least come within a year of your bat.
Barrel picture Year Produced -Barrel description Center brand

1965
Top:
Players Name in script
CENTER: Team name Block letters
BOTTOM: Approved Little League
  1966
Top: Approved Little League
CENTER:  Players Name Block letters
BOTTOM: Team name in Script
1967
Top: Players Name in script
CENTER: Team name Block letters
BOTTOM: Approved Little League
1968
Top: Players Name in script
CENTER:  Team name in Script
BOTTOM:  Approved Little League
1969
Top:  Players Name in script
CENTER: Team name in Script
BOTTOM:  Approved Little League


"Made in Canada"

1970
Top:  Players Name in script
CENTER:  Team name in Script
BOTTOM:  Approved Little League


"Made in Canada"

1971
Top: Players Name in script
CENTER:  Team name in Script
BOTTOM:  Approved Little League
1972
Top: Players Name in Script
CENTER:  Team name in Script
BOTTOM: Approved Little League
1973
Top: Approved Little League
CENTER:   Players Name in Script
BOTTOM: Team name in Script
1974
Top:
CENTER:  
BOTTOM:  
1975
Top: Team name in Script
CENTER:  Players Name in Script
BOTTOM:
Little League
1976
Top: Little League
CENTER:  Players Name Block Letters
BOTTOM: Team name Block Letters
Corporate Sponsor: Berger King

1977
Top: Players Name Block Letters
BOTTOM: Team name Block Letters
Corporate Sponsor: Berger King
1980
Top: Players Name Block Letters
BOTTOM: Team name Block Letters
Corporate Sponsor: Brut

Non Player endorsed Bats

Top: Approved Little League
CENTER:   COMPLIMENTS OF
BOTTOM: Team name in Script
1971 last year for the Senators
This "Phillies" Logo was first used in 1970 dating this bat between 1970-1975 corporate sponsorship logos like Burger King began showing up on bats in 1976
This Cleveland Indians Logo was used from 1973-1979.  The corporate sponsorship Burger King logo dates this bat between 1976-1979

Yankees first Bat Day This is a clipping from the 1965 New York Yankees scorecard advertising the first ever Yankees Stadium Bat Day giveaway. This promotion for  Bat Day was held on Father's day June 20th 1965. 71,245 Fans were in attendance.



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