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Louisville Slugger Museum a must-see for baseball fans

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LOUISVILLE — Grabbing a bat once swung by Johnny Bench brought a rush of cherished memories for James Montgomery during a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory — where baseball memorabilia mixes with a close-up look at how the famed bats are crafted. Just touching the bat used by the Hall of Famer had Montgomery reliving excursions to the ballpark with his father decades ago to watch his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates try to outslug the Cincinnati Reds and their "Big Red Machine" lineup that included Bench.

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