The Symphony of the Louisville Slugger and Sam Bat


Tucked away on Industrial Avenue, in Carleton Place lies Sam Bat, The Original Maple Bat Corporation. Did you know about it? Did you know the president is a woman?

The Original Maple Bat Corporation was founded by Sam Holman, inventor of the patented Sam Bat, who introduced the first approved maple wood bat to the Major Leagues. The company is privately owned by Holman and 3 other individuals, including Arlene Anderson who is President of the company. It is located in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, just outside of Ottawa, Canada’s Capital City.

Are you kidding me? This is happening in Carleton Place?

Their mission is to craft the highest quality wood baseball bats available anywhere. They use only one quality of wood for game bats, and that is pro, making SAM BAT the standard by which all other maple bats are measured. I have used the odd baseball bat, but not for the game of baseball.

Read on….

The Louisville Slugger shown in the photograph below is the 180 Paul O’Neill model. It is one hundred percent American made, and yes, that is the same Yankees player that Seinfeld’s Kramer had to get to hit two home runs so he could get the Steinbrenner birthday card back for George.

This baseball bat has been used in a few sporting events, but mostly it has been used for self protection. It is always handy to have a bat in hand living in the hood. The bat has been dormant for a few years and sits quietly in the corner beside the computer.

Last week it was taken out for noise control down the hall and was quite effective. Tonight I brought it out because I had hit my limit. I am one of the easiest going people you will ever meet. I can take a lot until you push my buttons one too many times. When that happens you had better move because I can create a path of destruction so wide your head will hit a homerun. I bet you Arlene Anderson, the president of Sam Bat in Carleton Place, Ontario can do it.

Our TV suddenly started issuing out the “searching for satellite” from time to time. I could deal with that until it started going off around 9 am every morning. Then it got to the point that I could no longer watch The Young and the Restless at 11am. That concerned me as they have now cancelled All My Children and One life to Live. If I cannot support my soap it is going to be next on the chopping block.

I was able to watch the Hallmark movie Sunday night without a hitch. If they had messed with that this little woman would have really given them a Hallmark moment. Today it went off and basically never came back on. When Dancing with the Stars came on I saw blips of a rumba here and a pase doble there. Criminal Minds was non existent.

Armed with my baseball bat, I went outside and immediately realized that I was not going to reach that man’s dish. I was far too short, and the dish was too high. I tried to climb on top of the dumpster, but that did not work either. Setting the tip of the bat on fire and project it  was an option, but then I noticed it was flame tempered.

What to do? Where was Arlene Anderson, president of Sam Bat when I needed her?

Of course! I hit the Louisville Slugger site for some tips.

“You want to be comfortable and confident with your bat before you swing it in a win-or-lose situation, so take it to the practice field or batting cage and get in a few hits. Confidence can only come from one thing: batting practice. Whatever bat you choose, put in plenty of practice time, so you’ll be ready when the pressure’s on at the plate.”

I felt comfortable and damn confident as I swung at some tin cans and plastic bottles while standing on some broken ceramic plates.  I started to hit the objects towards my goal and I kept missing.

My red button had been pushed but there was nothing I could do. I have to tell you I really liked the feel of that Louisville Slugger. I brought it up beside my bed and it makes a wonderful companion. It does not argue with me, or tell me that I am wrong. Linda is going to have the following words printed on it:

“Never doubt the words of a woman or she is going to go batty on you!”

I  guess I should have subbed the Louisville Slugger with a Sam Bat! I hear it’s a real “little devil”. And I bet Arlene Anderson, president of Sam Bat is too.:)

Sam Bat, The Original Maple Bat Corporation
110 Industrial Avenue, Carleton Place, K7C 3T2
Products and ServicesManufactures Original Maple Baseball Bats used by 90 Major League Players

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Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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