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Breaking Bat
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1.The breaking of a bat can be seen in super slow motion thanks to the Discovery Channel show “Time Warp” at www.youtube. com/watch?v=QFlEIybC7rU.
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2.Bernie Mussil, “The Evolution of the Baseball Bat,” www. stevetheump.com/Bat_History.htm.
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3.Charlie Nobles, “Colvin in hospital after bat punctures chest,” mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100919&content_ id=14847072&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb.
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4.The dowels were purchased from Midwest Dowel Works, MW-Dow@MidwestDowel.com, for under $30 including shipping.
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5.David Kagan, “The vibrations in a rubber baseball bat,” Phys. Teach. 49, 588 (Dec. 2011).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3661118
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6.A. M. Nathan, “Dynamics of the baseball-bat collision,” Am. J. Phys. 68, 979990 (Nov. 2000).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1286119
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7.L. L. Van Zandt, “The dynamical theory of the baseball bat,” Am. J. Phys. 60, 172181 (Feb. 1992).
http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.16939
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8.Carrie Muskat, “MLB, bat companies work to increase safety,” mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100920&content_ id=14887794&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb.
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9.Victor Boyce, “Measuring Grain Slope,” exp-aircraft.com/ library/boyce/grain.html.
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10.www.woodbat.org/ has a thorough discussion of the many aspects of wooden bats.
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2013-01-15
2014-07-10

Abstract

The sight of a broken bat in Major League Baseball can produce anything from a humorous dribbler in the infield to a frightening pointed projectile headed for the stands. Bats usually break at the weakest point, typically in the handle. Breaking happens because the wood gets bent beyond the breaking point due to the wave sent down the bat created by the collision with the ball.1 The kind of wood that is used plays a role in the manner in which the bat breaks—-its “failure mode.” We report on a simple experiment to compare the breaking strength and failure modes of ash and maple dowels. The results illustrate some of the features of breaking bats under game conditions.

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