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Baseball bats are wooden or metal clubs used in sports such as baseball, softball, and t-ball. The pitcher throws the ball, and the player swings the bat in an attempt to strike it and change its course. The best part of the bat to strike the ball is known as the “sweet spot.”
Baseball bats arose during the 1800s along with the game of the same name. Batters would originally whittle or carve their own bats from wood. They thus varied in length and thickness – they could be long or short, fat or thin, and some were flat rather than round. One, known as the banana bat, was even curved in an attempt to give the ball more spin.
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Today, bats used in major and minor league baseball must conform to standard rules. For example, the bat cannot exceed a length of 42 inches and a diameter of 2.61 inches.
The most famous brand of baseball bats today is the Louisville Slugger, manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. The woodworking shop of Hillerich & Bradsby opened in 1855, and in 1884 manufactured a baseball bat that helped a local batter out of a “slump.” This attracted other professional players, such as Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.
Today, baseball bats may be made out of wood, metal, fiberglass, or even plastic. Children learning to play baseball or similar games often use bats that are smaller and lighter than traditional baseball bats.
Some baseball bats are collectible – those used in landmark games or by famous players, as well as autographed bats. The bat itself is seen as a symbol of baseball and Americana.
Would you like to draw a baseball bat? This simple, step-by-step drawing guide is here to help. All you will need is a pencil, pen, or marker and a sheet of paper. You may also wish to color your finished drawing.
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Step by Step Instructions for Drawing a Baseball Bat
1. Begin by drawing a small oval. Draw a curved line within the oval, parallel with one side, to give the image a three-dimensional appearance. This forms the knob at the bottom of the bat.
2. Draw a set of straight, parallel lines extending upward from the knob. This forms the handle, or grip, of the bat.
3. Extend a long line from one side of the handle. Notice how the line curves slightly outward. This part of the bat is called the taper. Then, curve the line sharply to outline the top of the bat.
4. Continue to extend the long, curved line, fully enclosing the bat’s barrel and taper.
5. Draw a long, curved line parallel to one side of the bat’s barrel. This gives the bat a rounded, three-dimensional appearance.
6. Draw two short, curved lines across the bat where the taper meets the grip. Shade between these two lines.
7. to detail the bat with a wooden texture. Use curved lines across the grip and knob.
8. Texture the barrel of the bat so that it also looks like wood. Do so using curved, “U” shaped lines of various lengths, as well as dots.
9. Draw three more short, parallel lines across the taper of the bat. Shade between two of them. Fill in any remaining space with “U” shaped lines for texture.
10. Color your baseball bat. Wooden bats are typically brown, but aluminum baseball bats can come in any color.
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