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Will the World Series be won by a Sam Bat?

U.S. News and World Report November 1, 1999 Will the World Series be win by a Sam Bat? By Marci McDonald “Holman went straight to the public library and checked out The Physics of Baseball. After months of studying bat patents, including the earliest ones for Louisville Slugger, he had reached one conclusion: He would have to find a wood that would take more punishment than ash.” “But it was a 1997 trip to a Toronto Blue Jays batting practice, arranged by another friend, that put the Sam Bat into major-league play…Joe Carter hit a homer on the first try....


Canseco regains his power with the new bat

The Toronto Star – The Saturday Star www.thestar.com June 27, 1998 Canseco regains his power with the new bat – By Jim Proudfoot “ The Sam Bat was approved by baseball headquarters for 1998 and Jose Canseco gives it a share of the credit for the restoration of his long lost power.” Canseco: “This is a harder wood. The ball travels further off of it. … The old bat dents when you make good contact, which means energy is being absorbed and you can feel it vibrate when you connect. With the Sam Bat, more of the power I generate...


A Bid to Build a Better Bat Uses Maple to Battle the Traditional Ash

The New York Times Friday, June 19, 1998 A Bid to Build a Better Bat Uses Maple to Battle the Traditional Ash Need Good Wood? A Batmaker Tries Maple; Sam Holman makes maple bats for major leaguers. -  By Jack Curry “Joe Carter was standing behind the plate… sermonizing about his bat. How it allowed him to whip through the strike zone faster and how other major leaguers will ultimately want one.” “Carter, bat evangelist as well as a member of the Orioles, at last persuaded Pat Borders of the Cleveland Indians – formerly his teammate in Toronto – to...


Building a Better Baseball Bat

The Ottawa Citizen Monday, May 4, 1998 Building a better baseball bat; Sam Holman’s maple bats are a hit with baseball’s sluggers. By Kelly Egan “Mr. Holman… shook up baseball’s establishment this spring when he convinced the tradition-bound league to approve, for the first time since the 1930’s, a bat not made of white ash.” Joe Carter: “I like it a lot… The bat doesn’t split like regular ash does… When you use an ash bat for batting practise, after one day, really, it starts to splinter and split on you and becomes soft. Maple is a much harder wood....


The Batman Cometh

The Ottawa Sun Thursday, April 30, 1998 The Batman Cometh; Sam Holman’s unlikely marriage of maple and baseball could revolutionize the grand old game. By Mike Gibb “Dressed in shabby overalls and wearing reading glasses, Sam Holman carries nothing with him that would indicate he is on the edge of a baseball revolution.” “… Sam Holman has created the longest-lasting wood bat in baseball history.” “Maple is also used for pool cues, bowling pins and light airplane propellers. Holman kiln dries the wood, so there is no moisture to weigh it down… “I knew I had to put maple on...