How baseball bats are made a big hit with students

Was it just a coincidence that the start of Major League Baseball spring training camps and the beginning of the Social Studies section on how baseball bats are made happened in the same week? If you know second grade teacher Miss Maria Therres of St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion, you'd know it was no coincidence. A loyal baseball fan, Miss Therres knows that learning how products are manufactured in factories is an important part of understanding our communities, our resources and our economy. The 2nd graders learned all about this from a man who knows about this first hand, Mr. Jim Anderson, founder of Maxbat, a Minnesota maker of one of the most popular wood bats in professional, amateur and youth baseball worldwide. Anderson explained how wood billets made from rock maple, yellow birch and northern white ash trees arrive at the Brooten, MN, manufacturing plant and are crafted, step by step, into beautiful, strong and reliable tools for baseball players. Anderson also explained his own personal journey of following his passion for both baseball and wood working, which lead him to making a baseball bat for his son, Max, in his basement wood shop. The rest is history, as they say.


Mr. Jim Anderson, founder of Maxbat, talks with Miss Maria Therres' second grade class at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion about the manufacturing process used to make baseball bats.

David Petit, Collin Anderson and Catie Zaccardi examine a billet, a wood cylinder that arrives at the Maxbat factory ready to be turned into a professional baseball bat.

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