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Derbymade
"Eye Focus" bat
Derbymade "Eye Focus" bat

1934 "Mountain Treaded"
 Bat article
1934 "Mountain Treaded" Bat article

Louisville Slugger purchased Derby-Ball-Edwards
Louisville Slugger purchased Derby-Ball-Edwards

Retracted & Corrected Louisville Slugger story
Retracted & Corrected Louisville Slugger story


  Derby Ball & Edwards Corp. Baseball Bats
 
Derby Ball & Edwards Corp. Baseball Bats
 Derby Ball & Edwards Corp. Baseball Bats
Item Details

MANUFACTURING PERIOD
1920's-1938

MANUFACTURER
Derby Ball & Edwards Corp.
Derby Bat Corparation

Barre, Waterbury, Vermont

 

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NOTES:
 
   The Frost, Derby & Co., originally manufactured scythe snaths and was founded in 1857 by Albert Derby. In 1882, Franklin P. Ball, joined the firm which was then renamed Derby & Ball. In 1920, the Edwards & Edwards Co. merged with Derby & Ball forming Derby, Ball & Edwards Corp. With the demand for Scythes dropping out of the market, the company began the manufacturing of baseball bats under Derby, Ball Edwards Corp. In 1933 the company made bats under the name Derby Bat Corp., in Barre, VT, after they moved the factory from Waterbury. The bats were only made for a few more years when the Derby bat Corporation went out of business in 1938.

 In 1931 the Derby, Ball, Edwards Corp. advertised that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in testing Mountain treated ash reported that the the bats were stronger and snappier than untreated ash. "The Derbymade bats have Mountain Wax around the cells....a new process which makes the Derbymade bats the best"  The patented "Mountain Treatment"  was a unique way of integrating materials into the cells of the wood of the bat. Another feature on Some Derbymade bat models is the "EYE FOCUSED" logo "which helps the eye" I haven't figured that one out yet.

  There were 4 different center brands. In Chronological order:
- T
he first has a diamond shape with a "DBE" logo in the center with "MODEL" and "7" on each side. The outer Boarder reads "DERBY, BALL, EDWARDS, CORP." at the top, "WATERBURY VERMONT" at the bottom.
- The Second
is the "DERBYMADE" oval center Brand with "DERBY, BALL, EDWARDS, CORP." at the top, and "WATERBURY VT" at the bottom.
- The Third
center brand is the "DERBYMADE" oval with "Trade Mark." & "Derby Bat Corp." at the top with "BARRE VERMONT" at the bottom followed by the Model No.
- The fourth
has a "Derby Made" script logo, with "DERBY BAT CORP" at the top and "BARRE, VERMONT" at the bottom

 Models include: Derby Ball Edwards Corp. Waterbury Vt. no 200 (Pepper) "Martin Type" Derby Player type #300 Model CRO(NHV), Ethan Allen No. 2, & No. 10, Eddie Roush model IM, Wally Berger, and Indoor model. Derby Bat Corp., Barre, Vermont #200, "Super Hit" Model no. 100. Professional Model HOH, No. 125.Derby Special FOF, & GEG, Derby Player Type no. 300 model GEG, Professional N0. 50, Playground No. 75, No. 175 model RYR. The company also made mini bats.

 Interesting to Note: in a January 13, 1933 newspaper it was reported that J.A Hellerich, makers of Louisville Slugger "purchased the Derby-Ball-Edwards bat company, including patented processes for making bats." The story was retracted 3 days later as being "erroneously reported." The January 15 article went on to state that J.A Hellerich only purchased "personal property connected with the baseball bat business, and did not secure any patented process" I'm suspicious of the last part of that statement as this is the same time period that Louisville Slugger patented their "Powerized" process for treating baseball bats. The 1931 description made by the Derby-Ball-Edwards bat company about the "Mountain Treated" baseball bats is similar to the "Powerized" Patent granted to Louisville Slugger in 1933. 


 
 
Derby Ball & Edwards Corp. Baseball Bats
Derby Ball Edwards Waterbury, Vermont Derby Bat Corp Baseball Bat 
Derby Ball Edwards Waterbury, Vermont Derby Bat Corp Barre, Vermont

Derby Made Baseball Bats -  Boy's Life advertisement Wally Berger "How I Broke In" Derby Made  Booklet
DERBYMADE Derby Ball Edwards Corp.
1931 Boy's Life Baseball Bat Advertisement
Wally Berger "How I Broke In"
Derbymade Booklet

Derby Made "Eye Focus" feature
Derbymade "Eye Focus" feature

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