History of Baseball Equipment and the Game By doverisstudent Jan 1, 1850 The Beginning This is the beginning of baseball where bats were all sorts and sizes. Eventually they found out that the round bat worked the best. Jan 1, 1884 Birth of Louisville Slugger In a game at Louisville a player (Pete Browning) got a new bat (Made by and went 4 - 4 the next game and everyone wanted bats from John Hillerich. Jan 1, 1890 New Rules. The rule that bats could no longer be sawed off at the end is put into play. Also the max diameter is 2.75 inches. Jan 1, 1924 The Rise of Aluminum Bats William Shroyer Introduced the first aluminum baseball bat but they were not used untill 1970. Jan 1, 2001 Upgrading White Ash to Maple. In 2001 Barry Bonds hit in an outstanding 73 home runs in a single season. People say it was becasue he was using a Maple bat.