Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies: Cooper and Louisville Slugger. From the sizes we could track down, the length was no greater than 34.5 inches and weighed no more than 33 ounces. Below are the details we have compiled about Bo Jackson’s bat.
Bo Jackson’s way too short baseball career started in 1986 and ended in 1994. Throughout that time, he used no less than 9 different bat models from 2 different companies.
Bo Jackson Bat Model
Bo changed his bat model often. During his 8 year career, we found he used at least 9 different bats. Most pictures and game used paraphernalia show him using Slugger’s B310 Model. The B, most likely, stood for Bo. The 310 is a cross between a few bats—the most similar bat seems to be the S318, which you can buy.
When Bo played his year with the Angels it appears he used the Cooper brand of bats. Cooper, at the time, made a serious run at Louisville Slugger as the top bat brand in the MLB, at one point garnering almost 30% of the market. We can confirm Bo used the C271 and J93 from Cooper during that time.
Bo Jacksons Bat Size: Weight & Length
Information on Bo’s bat weight and length are not readily available. We did track down a few sizes on his Cooper bat toward the end of his career which came in at 34.5 inches and 32.3 ounces. Slugger bats were only found in 34 inches. The weight, we can only guess, was 31 to 32 ounces.
Bo Jackson’s Bat History
Some particular bats of Jackson’s have been identified in specific at bats. For example, Bo Jackson’s 1989 All-Star game bat—where he led off with a home run—has been verified. MLB Game Used Bats instagram account points out how the oversized LOUISVILLE brand on the bats was impetus for the Major League to ban bat branding in the 1990 season.
A few other signed, game used Cooper brand bats of Bo Jackson’s have gone up for auction, the highest fetching close to $5,000. (We suspect the 1989 All-Star Game Bat would get even more).
Bo Jackson’s Bat Sources
We searched way more than we’d like to admit in putting together the data for this article. Here are some of the most helpful sources we referenced.