Origins of Sam Bat
Sam Bat grew out of careful research and a thorough knowledge of eastern hardwoods. It also developed from a simple question posed to Sam Holman by a scout for the Colorado Rockies: “We’re just breaking too many (ash) bats. Do you think you could come up with an answer to that?” The search for an answer led to a pile of work and a crash course on bats, patents, physics, the rules of baseball, and tree species. There was also the search for wood which for carvers and lovers of wood is never ending.
Living in Ottawa was a huge advantage in developing the Sam Bat concept as Ottawa is home of the Canadian patent library, two first rate universities, the Wood Council, the Canadian Forest Research Centre, the National and other extensive Libraries – all in the centre of the richest deciduous forest in North America. However, sifting through the mountains of information – especially reading 219 U.S. patents – was painfully tedious. Perhaps Sam Bat hadn’t been invented before because no one had ever had the heart left to turn one after this task. Then there was the task of translating maple (a much more dense wood than ash) into a workable model with the accepted range of bat lengths and weights. One thing was sure: Sam was determined to come up with a line of wood bats that would deal with the needs of professional baseball players.
Since prototype testing in 1996, Sam realized that he had a bat that was tougher and would last longer than the ash bat traditionally in use. Having met the original goal of introducing a maple wood baseball bat to the major leagues, it remains our goal to use the best maple we can buy in all of our Sam Bats. We make our bats from the best grade maple available. We control the cutting for straightness of grain and kiln dry it in house. We reject any wood that is not suitable for making the highest quality bat. By always putting quality first The Original Maple Bat Corporation has continuously attracted top professional players and discerning amateurs to its Sam Bat line.
Sam Bat – The Logo
As Sam tells it, “My brother, the artist Nathan Holman, came up with the bat design over the phone one evening when I asked, ‘I need something TV recognizable, 2 inches by 4 inches.’ Nathan’s bat was clean and simple and alluded to a natural sense of sonar. If the name was to be Sam Bat, there seemed only one conclusion: the symbol had to be a picture of the ‘little devil’ itself (with eyes cut out by Nathan’s daughter, Laura). The logo is a strong and unique design that is visible from the furthest bleachers or the smallest screen. The Sam Bat logo is universally recognized and symbolizes what is undoubtedly the best baseball bat in the world.”
“From the beginning, there was no question about our market. We knew we would come up with a standard that would be universal to baseball, starting with the big leagues. The result is one of the prettiest and yet meanest baseball bats in the world. We suggest to any player, to provide us with a profile of a bat that they are currently using. We will turn a Sam Bat he can use, enjoy and rely on. We dare anyone to challenge this the only way that really counts: by putting Sam Bat to the test!”
Sam Holman – Founder – SAM BAT – The Original Maple Bat Corporation