Louisville Slugger laid a memorial wreath at the Walk of Fame bat honoring Ernie Banks’ prolific career Monday in Louisville.
Banks died Friday of a heart attack at age 83.
According to a release from the company, Banks signed a bat contract with Louisville Slugger during Spring Training in 1954, his first full season in Major League Baseball. The company had more than a 60-year relationship with him, and he visited the Louisville Slugger factory several times over the decades.
Banks used a Louisville Slugger S2 model bat for most of his Hall of Fame career, usually ordering bats that were 35 inches long and weighed 31 ounces. He liked wide grain and a natural finish, according to the company.
Banks’ Walk of Fame bat is located located on the southwest corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Louisville.