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1923 D&M Catalog "Lucky Dog Logo"

Columbus Cycle Co. Colunbus O.
Columbus Cycle Co. Colunbus O.
Bicycle Badge

 Red Goose shoes ad
Red Goose Shoes  

Peters Shoes Weatherbird
First Weatherbird drawn by Harry B. Martin

 Poll Parrot All star shoes ad
Poll Parrot All star shoes ad

 KeyMan Collectibles  NEWSLETTER November 2017  
Baseball Bats That Brings out the Animal In
 Steven KeyMan
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  Collectors - By Steven KeyMan
Founder of Keymancollectibles.com, and a long time collector, Steven KeyMan has more than 30 years of experience in researching, and cataloging information on Baseball Memorabilia. Researching his own personal collection, and helping others find information on their collectibles, the website grew into the largest online resource for baseball memorabilia
 

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  Through the years there have been a number of sporting goods, and woodworking companies that used the image of an animal in their logo, or baseball bat brandings. Some retail stores had baseball bats made to promote their products, that also featured animals. In this months newsletter I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of these baseball bat brandings.

D&M Lucky Dog Logo Dog - Established in 1840, D&M, the Draper and Maynard Company featured the "Lucky Dog" logo. D&M was a major supplier of baseball equipment for both amateur and professional teams. The business closed in Plymouth in 1937 after the death of John Maynard. That same year P. Goldsmith Sons Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, purchased the rights to produce sporting goods bearing the Draper-Maynard name and Lucky Dog trademark. Goldsmith stopped manufacturing Draper-Maynard products in 1962 when they merged with MacGregor Sporting Goods.
Kieth-Simmons Baseball Bat
 Cat - Recognized as being one of the largest hardware companies in the South, Keith-Simmons & Company of Nashville Tennessee featured a Cat for their baseball bat branding. The company carried a large line of hardware, edge tools, mill supplies, house furnishings, automotive supplies, saddlery, and Sporting goods. Their 1925 catalog devoted 38 pages to sporting goods, that included baseballs, gloves and bats made by the A.J. Reach sporting goods company.

 M.R. Cmpbell Baseball Bat CamelCamel - There are two companies that use a camel in their baseball bat branding. Founded by Michael Ross Campbell in 1870, the M.R. Campbell Co. featured a Camel in one of their center brands. Starting as a hub & spoke company in Tullahoma, Tenn, the company manufactured automobile parts, carriages and buggy shafts. M.R. Campbell entered the baseball bat market by the 1920's. Just as the JF Hillerich Company did, they began to manufacturer baseball bats from wagon tongues that had been used for covered wagons. The company remained in operation until 1935.
Columbus Cycle Co. Baseball Bat Camel
 The Columbus Cycle & sporting goods Company of Columbus Ohio also featured a camel as their center brand. The company specialized in bicycle sales that were manufactures by companies such as Schwinn, who then placed the Columbus Cycle & sporting goods badge on the bike. The store also features a full line of sporting goods, and had this Columbus Cycle Co., Camel branded baseball bat made for them. In 1899 the American Bycicle Company purchased the Columbus Cycle Co. Columbus O. along with a large number of other small cycle businesses. In 1985 The company was purchased by Louisville businessman William B. Bellis Sr.

 Hanna Batrite Baseball Bat Flying Bat LogoBat - There were also two companies that featured a bat on their bat. Makes sense. The Hanna Manufacturing Company (Hanna Batrite) of Athens, Georgia, was established in 1911. They were known for making handles for shovels, hand tools and farm implements. Sometime around 1925 they started to make toy bats. Their first and earliest center brands featured the "Flying Bat Logo." By 1927 the company was manufacturing baseball bats for professional baseball players such as Ty Cobb, and Babe Ruth. In 1930 the Buke Batrite Flying Bat logo was removed and replaces with the branded Hanna Batrite center brand.

SAM BAT Baseball Bat Fliyng Bat Logo Founder of The Original Maple Bat Corporation, Sam Holman introduced the "Sam Bat" to professional baseball in 1997. Bill Mackenzie, a professional league scout and friend complained to Sam, that too many of the Ash Bats were breaking. He asked Sam if he could come up with a better baseball bat.

 Sam took on the challenge and came up with the use of Maple. Made in Sam's garage, the first prototype was made from a maple stair banister. Sam brought the bat to Ottawa Lynx Stadium for a tryout, and it was a success. Pete Mackanin a coach for the Montreal Expos told Sam, “If you want to get the bat back you better put your name on it." Holman wrote Sam Bat. Thus the name “Sam Bat” with the Flying Bat Logo, was born.

 Batos Baseball Bat Bull LogoBull - After the US embargo in 1958, Cuba was forced to produce its own sports equipment. The Cubans quickly learned to make respectable baseballs, bats, gloves, and shoes, under the government brand name Batos. The company takes its name from a ball game that indigenous people of Cuba played. The Tainos and Ciboney Indians had a game played with a bat and ball, which the Ciboney called Batos. The crude center Brand oval is centered by a bull, with "BATOS" above, and below "HECHO EN CUBA" which translates to Made In Cuba. The company still exists today.

 There were three shoe companies that were truly "for the birds." The three companies had promotional baseball bats made for them that featured a Goose, a Chicken, and a Parrot. Birds of a feather sell shoes together.
Red Goose Base Ball bat
 Goose - Established in 1869 in St. Louis, the Red Goose Shoes company lasted nearly a century before merging with the International Shoe Company, which later bought Florsheim. During Red Goose's latter years, they had a promotional baseball bat produced for them with "Friedman Shelby All Leather Shoes," as the center brand, while the barrel featured a goose illustration with the "Red Goose Shoes" branding.

 Peters Shoes Baseball BatChicken - "Peters Weatherbird Shoes For Both Boys & Girls" The Peters Shoe Company, established in 1892 by Henry William Peters ofPeters Shoes Baseball Bat St. Louis, used the Weatherbird image for promotions from 1907 to 1932. The Weatherbird was a cartoon character in a comic strip that was first published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper in 1901. Drawn by Harry B. Martin the Weatherbird logo was used on many promotional items such as whistles, Clickers, noisemakers, and baseball bats. By the 1940's Peters Shoes used a new "Weatherbird" logo of a Weathervane Chicken (Roster), that was also used on the baseball bats.

 Poll Parrot - Star Dhoes Baseball BatParrot - The Poll Parrot and Star brands of shoes were two of the shoe manufacturing and retailing subsidiaries of Roberts, Johnson & Rand, a Division of the International Shoe Company of St. Louis, Missouri. The bat with the Star Brand center brand featured the Poll Parrot logo on the Barrel which reads: "Poll Parrot Shoes - For Real Boys" Like Peters Shoes, both part of  International Shoe Company, there were many promotional items made such as whistles, Clickers, noisemakers, and a baseball bat. There was also a promotional baseball glove made featuring the Poll Parrot logo, that read : Poll Parrot Shoes for boys and girls"
John Deere Baseball Bat Jumpinng Deer Logo
 Deer - In August of 2006 John Deere had Louisville Slugger create a 30 inch promotional baseball bat limited to 1,400 made. The model 225YB (Youth Bat) that came with a letter of authenticity featured the John Deere, "Jumping Deer Logo" Towards the barrel to the right of the Louisville Slugger/Powerized branding. John Deere signature on the Barrel.

  Outside of souvenir baseball bats made for professional baseball teams, if you come across any bats depicting an animal as a company logo; or have questions on any unknown brand of baseball bats, please, send pictures to steve@keymancollectibles.com to be added to the Miscalanous & Private branded baseball Bat Guide.

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