Silver Bat awarded to Tony Gwynn in 1997. Bat is the shape and size of a standard Major League Baseball (MLB) bat, but is made of sterling silver. Etched at center of bat is the Louisville Slugger logo, with the number 125 above it. To the right of the logo, towards the top of the bat, there is another Louisville Slugger logo that reads: [Powerized] to indicate the type of hardening process used on the bat. Next to that logo type etching reads: [BATTING CHAMPION 1997 / NATIONAL LEAGUE / B. A. .372 / GENUINE / TONY GWYNN (Gwynn’s etched signature) / LOUISVILLE SLUGGER]. The bottom of handle reads: [LOUISVILLE SLUGGER / MADE IN U.S.A.].
Model R161 wood bat with black writing on side. Black type near center of bat reads, [LOUISVILLE SLUGGER® / 125 / HILLERICH & BRADSBY Co / MADE IN U.S.A. / LOUISVILLE, KY. / Powerized]. Type near end opposite of handle reads, [GENUINE / R161 / Frank Robinson / LOUISVILLE SLUGGER]. The bat is cracked one third of the way up from the handle.