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Aluminum Bat History

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Have you ever wondered, how and why aluminum baseball bats ever came to be? The first ever patent for an aluminum bat came by a man named William Shroyer in 1924, patent # 1,499,128.
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just some basic information on some baseball bats that are used in the essay.

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3m-gripping-study.pdf?redirected=1

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This paper gets at the idea behind the grip on the bat and exactly how it helps the batter perform at a higher level by allowing the force of the grip to not be so large.

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HowStuffWorks "How the Physics of Baseball Works"

HowStuffWorks "How the Physics of Baseball Works" | Physics and the Baseball Swing | Scoop.it
What are the physics of baseball? Learn about the physics of baseball in this article from HowStuffWorks.
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I'm mostly interested in the part where this article talks about the sweet spot and how it pertains to the best place to hit a ball on the barrell of the bat.

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General Baseball Physics

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This article has a lot of the general physics in all of baseball including the hitting aspect of baseball. This article also highlights the importance of the flight of the ball.

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evaluating_bat_performance.pdf

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Another research paper on the comparison between wood bats and metal bats on aspects like moment of inertia

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The Physics of Baseball

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Alan M. Nathan, Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of Illinois and avid Boston Red Sox fan, presents important research in The Physics of Baseball.
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I really like this site. It's got multiple links on it leading to some pretty hardcore results from a lot of different experiments and has brough them all together on this nice website.

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HowStuffWorks "Does a corked bat really hit a ball farther?"

HowStuffWorks "Does a corked bat really hit a ball farther?" | Physics and the Baseball Swing | Scoop.it
Does a corked bat really hit a ball farther? Find out whether a corked bat really can hit a ball farther in this article from HowStuffWorks.
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Velocity is an essential part to hitting home runs. The faster, the better. This article gets at this notion via the classic corked bat with Sammy Sosa.

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Newton In The Batter's Box

Newton In The Batter's Box

 

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Baseball players are taught that backspin is the ideal way to hit a baseball. As a baseball player it's easy to physically see why this is important, it travels further. Newton proposed this "Magnus Force" that comes from the backspin of the ball.

 

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